Sunday, 8 May 2016

8th May 2016

Weather: S force 1/2 warm sunshine

Despite observers having to leave the island before the tide, a lot was crammed into the few hours from dawn available, producing many good finds. Nine flava Wagtails were recorded, a few of which came down to ground and at last Tree Pipits (6) arrived in the numbers expected, while more than a dozen Willow Warblers, 5 Whitethroats, 2 Sedge Warblers and 16 Redpolls kept observers happy with the bonus of a male Blackcap and a Garden Warbler (first of the year) ringed as the tide flooded.

Another first of the year in the shape of a Common Swift flew passed the obs, but only 20 Swallows and 11 House Martins came through today. Also noted during the morning were 21 Goldfinches, 2 White Wagtails, a flock of 9 Collared Doves, while on the sea 2 Gannets appeared even on this fine warm day. Whimbrel now seem to be noticeably fewer in number than a few days ago but a Greenshank called south of the island and a Common Sandpiper did likewise unseen as the tide approached, while a few thousand Dunlin flew north in parties across the sand as observers left the island.

Ringed: 7 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 7 Redpoll, 1 Linnet.
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