The day started with the much hoped for South easterly breeze and leaden skies seemed ideal for some late passage migrants. Indeed it did produce the first Painted Lady butterfly of the year.
However, the wind soon backed to the westerly quarter where it seems to have been stuck for way too long. Nevertheless five Eiders appeared in the flooding gutter including a female which joined a breakaway drake and spent the tide around Middle...
Terns were evident again but only the commoner two species were noted although Commons were displaying and food passing whilst their larger cousins, Sandwich, looked on.
Waders are definitely late this Spring with numbers of Sanderling, Dunlin and Ringed Plover around the islands and two Curlew and a calling Whimbrel recorded.
The wind picking up brought in a couple of Kittiwakes in close to North End.
(DB (briefly), NDW, SRW) photos SRW (boc)