Saturday, 7 May 2016

7th May 2016

Weather: SE force 2, by noon S then N/NE later

An improvement this morning in terms of migrants on the ground with 26 ringed and for the ringers the highlight was a bird that was already ringed; a Sedge Warbler that flew into the old obs net and when examined was bearing a french ring. A foreign ringed bird is a rare find, it happens maybe once a year on the island and details are anxiously awaited.

Forty Redpolls passed through today and 5 flava ('yellow') Wagtails, although just a single Tree Pipit called over, again emphasising how scarce they have been here so far this spring. About 20 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers, a single Wheatear and a Redstart arrived safely and another feature today were 28 House Martins, a Sand Martin and 80 Swallows flying through although we still await the first Swift (overdue now). The only finches apart from the resident Linnets were 6 Goldfinches and 2 Siskins. A slightly unexpected guest (but regular at this time in spring) was a single Collared Dove. The Sandwich Terns calling around the islands were counted at 134 with 12 Common Terns.

Ringed: 14 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Redstart, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Linnet.      [ 246-23]

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