Monday, 20 April 2015

20th April 2015

Weather; SE force 2
Several Wheatears were noted passing down through the island ridge just after dawn but none were on the main island till some time later when 2 appeared on 'Wheatear hill'. Willow Warblers were just a trickle and finished early in the morning. Overhead a few White Wagtails called as did a single Redpoll and Yellow Wagtail, and that was about it for small migrants apart from about  8 Goldfinches flitting about. Hirundines comprised 25 Swallows, 5 House Martins and 4 Sand Martins (the first Swift cannot be very far away now). There are up to 4 Whimbrel now on the shore, and other odd visitors today included 3 Starlings that flew in low over the island, a Woodpigeon on Middle and a Rook that flew east. The pair of Rock Pipits are still present on the west side, and indeed singing. Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock butterflies showed in the sunshine.

Ringed: 5 Willow Warblers, 1 Robin, 1 Linnet, 1 Goldfinch                  [ 218-29 ]
 (ME,CJ, et al ) +
Tim Kinch                            photos  TimKinch

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