Saturday, 25 April 2009

25th April 2009

Another superb day on the island. Early morning was glorious - light south-easterly winds with some mist and a superb sunrise (see above). Grounded migrants included two more Redstarts (male and female) and more Willow Warblers (c25) than yesterday. The first surprise of the day was another cracking male Mealy Redpoll caught in the Obs garden (see below) - even pinker than yesterday's!

About mid morning a front moved through from the south-west and downed a number of birds (mainly Willow Warblers) but including our first Garden Warbler of the year (see photo). Then rain showers brought the first Swift. Later a Sedge Warbler arrived just north of the Old Obs but evaded capture like yesterday's bird.

Meanwhile 2 Yellow Wags, a few Redpoll spp and Siskin and plenty of Greenland Wheatears (c25) moved through along with a female Sparrowhawk.

Around the islands c20 Whimbrel were present with a few Dunlin and Ringed Plovers today and a couple of Little Egrets were still around the gutter.

Ringed birds:
19 Willow Warbler
2 Chiffchaff
2 Redstarts
2 Linnets
1 Garden Warbler
1 Mealy Redpoll
1 Meadow Pipit

(FD, JE, CJ, DCT, PT, SRW, TGW + CD, KN, PSW) Photos SRW

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