Wednesday 31 March 2021

31st March 2021

 Weather: SE force 0/1    slight mist

The early morning exodus of the Pink-footed Geese continued this morning with about 2,500 taking part, we expect this to carry on for the next few weeks. Today was a great early spring migration day with 50 bird species being recorded, but with the wind forecast to veer to the north the next few days may not be so productive. There were plenty of  exciting sightings including a Collared Dove which was the only new species for the islands this year, it made itself known by singing in the obs garden and then the lookout. 

No less than eleven Wheatears were down, including a bunch of 5 together (only 3 could be seen in one camera frame).


A single singing Chiffchaff was the sole warbler, together with 3 Goldcrests, but passing were 8 Sand Martins and another Swallow, while 5 White Wagtails were here and about 200 Meadow Pipits passed through. Single Reed Bunting, Stonechat and House Sparrow were other visitors with an increase of Siskins (8) notable in addition to the other finches which were several Linnets, 6 Greenfinches and 7 Goldfinches. Larger species arriving included the previously mentioned Collared Dove, 2 Jackdaws, 4 Woodpigeons, a Merlin moving south and a Sparrowhawk flying east. The calm sea enabled good viewing of sea birds, chief amongst which were 29 Little Gulls, also 12 Guillemots, 500 Common Scoter, 2 Red-throated Divers, 2 Goosanders and an outstanding 26 Red-breasted Mergansers and 55 Great Crested Grebes.

 Four Little Egrets were on the shore. The Eider did not show, neither did any Purple Sandpipers but 210 Brent are still remaining here. The warm sunshine encouraged 2 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies into the air and enhanced the show of Daffodils.

The large amount of water in the main island pond reminded us of the wet winter now behind us.

Thanks to Matt Thomas for Wheatear photos

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