Sunday, 13 May 2012

13th May 2012

A small drift of 8 Willow Warblers arrived this morning following a south westerly overnight, although the southerly element in the wind soon disappeared and strenghtened from the west towards noon. There were no wagtails or other warblers today and only a few finches, 2 Goldfinches, a Siskin and a Lesser Redpoll. Similar to yesterday 50 or so Swallows were in evidence with 3 House Martins, a Sand Martin, a Swift and only one new Wheatear, while the large Greenland was also still on the island.  A male and female Eider were off the west side early in the morning and a total of 4 Little Egrets was a return to the numbers expected in recent times. Quite large numbers of Dunlin are now passing through, nearly all in summer plumage, 500 were estimated with 100 Ringed Plover.
Ringed:- 5 Willow Warblers,1 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird (breeding female)
(DB,CJ+Val,DCT,PT,NDW,PSW,SRW,TGW)         [ 619-28 ]

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