Thursday 17 May 2018

17th May 2018

Weather:  ENE 1, 1/8 cloud, moderate vis

A fairly quiet day with a cold start (for mid May) resulted in very few grounded migrants although single Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Whitethroat were found.  The two immature drake Eiders were  around the west side and on the ‘whaleback’ and a single Common Scoter was around the main island.

Small numbers of passage waders were found including Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling (see below).  As well as Whimbrel and terns remained very much in evidence with the highlight being 45 Little Terns which flew over the main island back west towards the Point of Ayr (where they breed).

Ringing: Linnet and Willow Warbler [347-22]

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