Wednesday 18 April 2018

18th April 2018

Weather:  SSE  force 4   blustery wind vis 10 mls, later warm and sunny
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.
Eight Sand Martins, 3 House Martins and more than a dozen Swallows came through during the day, also quite a few Linnets and 3 Siskins and about 10 White Wagtails. Three Wheatears were down on the island.

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.
Meadow Pipit
Only 4 Brent remain and the 2 immature male Eiders are still about.
Eider with Scoters
Three Wigeon flew in as the tide flooded.
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 ]

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