The first multiple arrival of Wheatears occurred this morning which was well overdue. At least 2 of the 6 birds were females, which in itself is unusual for the early comers to the island. The pale looking Merlin was sheltering amongst the rocks on the ridge south of Middle where a Skylark rose from the grass and the first Wheatear of the day was on the pathway.
|Newly arrived Wheatear bathing (CJ)|
The Weasel was seen to take several swimming excursions into the main pond, undoubtedly the same creature as has been around for the last few months.
At 1255hrs a Spoonbill was seen flying past Middle Eye (AAB) and is our fourth record ever but the earliest of all four Spring records. Photo below (by BT) is of the last bird (an immature) on 13 April 2012.
Ringed: Nil [ 38-9 ]