Sunday 15 April 2012

15th April 2012

A very bright morning on the island with very good visibility (you could see the Lake District and Blackpool tower to the North and the Great Orme and the North Wales coast to the West) and a fresh north east breeze meant that there were no grounded warblers today.

However, a Wheatear sneaked through early on and there was a small amount of evidence that there was some migration overhead with single Siskin and a couple of White Wagtails over. When the sun warmed the island up mid morning a few Swallows arrived and by midday the count had reached 16. The Brent Geese flock seems to have reduced in number and 50 were counted on the way off the island at lunchtime.

On the sea good numbers of Sandwich Terns were counted and could be heard around the islands (over 100 were present) and a couple of Common Terns were found.

Three Little Egrets could be seen hunting the gutter and the final noteworthy record of the day was a fine drake Eider which flew north.

(DB, JE, SRW and TGW)

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