Weather: ENE force 0/1, later NNE force 1 slight mist cool breeze then sunny
Several hundred Pink-footed Geese again made a spectacular display of sight and sound in the early morning.
A Merlin sat and saw the dawn break over the ridge south of Middle.
At the north end a female Goldeneye drifted slowly out from the rocks.
Two Canada Geese visitors were there also, and later the male Eider that has been regular here lately. Very few small migrants were seen, mainly finches (5 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, and 5 Goldfinch), also 4 White Wagtails. Two more of the early spring day visitors arrived with 2 Jackdaws overflying and 3 Woodpigeons doing a circuit or two of the island. As it was Good Friday and the sun was shining massive numbers of people came out of lockdown to visit.
As fortune would have it, as the peolpe were being pictured a Swallow came by over the lookout and photobombed the proceedings !
The mid-afternoon tide emptied the island of most of the visitors leaving a sunny and peaceful scene.
A sea watch was possible and produced 37 Little Gulls, 9 Gannets, 18 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Guillemots, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 28 Scoter. Best of the waders were 285 Curlew, 55 Sanderling and 85 Turnstone, but again no sign of any Purple Sandpipers, maybe they have all departed.
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