Observers staying on the island were greeted with the sound of a singing Willow Warbler, the first of the year, in the Obs garden this morning - but it was not a sign of things to come with no more warblers seen or heard during the day. The wind remained in the westerly quarter which produced more Gannets, a dozen or so Little Gulls and 3 Kittiwakes on the sea. Overhead Goldfinches continued to move through in small numbers and a single Lesser Redpoll hopefully heralded the start of 'the redpoll passage' this spring.
Two Linnets, a new Robin and a new Blackbird were all caught and the female Wheatear, which has been on the islands for almost two weeks now, was caught and found to have gained a couple of grams.
With the weather improving during the afternoon hopes are raised for the next few days.
(DB, JE, SRW + TGW)