With a light westerly breeze observers were not expecting much in the way of grounded migrants this morning however a single Willow Warbler was found in the SK early on. Up to eight Wheatears had arrived by midday with one bird hanging around the light (see below).
A Merlin raced through again and flew off north west over the North End (see left). As the tide pushed in a few Sandwich Terns could be heard calling as could Whimbrel, although in smaller numbers than the last few days (12 so far). A couple more phylloscs appeared mid morning with single Willow Warbler in the Old Obs and a Chiffchaff in the new Obs although the latter was caught in the SK paddock net (see below).
Two Canada Geese passed over the south end and a few Swallows (20) and House Martins (2) pushed through despite the 'wrong' wind direction.
Ringing: Two Willow Warblers, single Chiffchaff and Linnet.
The highlight of the day arrived during lunch when the first Swift of the year flew in from the west in front of advancing rain and was spotted from the dining table!
[CJ, KM, DCT, PT, CJW, NDW, SRW]  [Photos CJ (Merlin) and SRW (Wheatear and Chiffchaff)]