Weather: SSW force 2/3 rain showers
No sign of the Red-legged Partridge this morning but fine compensation arrived in the form of the first Wheatear of the year to the islands. First seen between the islands it worked it's way south down the east side of Middle sheltering from the wind and rain.
The single male was not the sole record for long as 2 more males were found on the main island.
The first Wheatears were soon joined by the first Swallow of the year and another White Wagtail following the first on Wednesday. In general passerine movement was otherwise quiet apart from several dozen Meadow Pipits passing through. There have been frequent spring Canada Goose records in the last week or so and today was no exception as a single bird joined the Brents and Oystercatchers feeding at the tide edge.
Highlight of the sea watch were 4 Little Gulls and 6 newly arrived Gannets; also seen were 120 Common Scoter, 3 Red-throated Divers, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 3 Guillemots and 5 Razorbills. Waders today included 354 Curlew, 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Sanderling, 12 Purple Sandpipers and 150 Turnstone. The Eider is still about the island.
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