The first Common Sandpiper of the spring appeared mid-afternoon on the east side. It seemed quite tired for a species that is normally very active and may have just landed after a long flight.
Early morning several Willow Warblers arrived in the first 2 hours and many Goldfinches and Redpolls were active about the paddocks and gardens and 3 Blackcaps were present. The warblers dried up soon after but a few made it here late morning/early afternoon.
Single birds flying through included a Starling, and a Stock Dove.
A prolonged sea watch found 7 Red-throated Divers, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers, 15 Guillemots, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Gannets, 13 Sandwich Terns and 2 Harbour Porpoises off the north end. There are limited numbers of waders at this time (15 Bar-tailed Godwits, 20 Sanderling etc) but Whimbrel are now approaching their peak and there were 12 today.
|Eider with Scoters|
Thanks to Stan Davidson and Paul Slater for some of todays records.
Ringed: 9 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Linnets, 2 Goldfinches, 3 Redpolls photos AEH,AS [ 198-18 ]