A blustery North Easterly with overnight rain did not inspire confidence and we were not wrong! There was little evidence of any migrants other than the odd hirundine (Swallow and House Martin) and no warblers at all.
However, the breeding birds were much in evidence with Linnets and Meadow Pipits carrying food and surprisingly six Mallards seen (including five drakes). Only the male Blackbird was seen so presumably the female is sitting still.
The most unusual sighting of the day was a Pink-footed Goose seen loafing off the East Hoyle sandbank (actually found and identified from the mainland (AMC) who alerted the Obs) - it was always distant from the Obs balcony.
Six Little Egrets were present with two Grey Herons on ebb and the final action of a not so action packed day was a Fulmar which flew over the Obs garden and gracefully sheared down the east side in the evening.
(CJW(f), GIW & SRW (from over), DB, CLW, FPW & TGW)
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