Sunday 16 May 2021

16th May 2021

Weather:  SE force 3, drizzle

Rather disappointing again this morning with very little visible migration and nothing grounded at first light. The pair of Eider were on the whaleback and 2 Canada Geese flew passed the north end, but it took another hour after dawn for a few other things to appear. First the Whitethroat awoke and sang again then one or two Wheatears showed. 

A few Swallows came in to feed and 2 House Martins called overhead. At least one pair of swallows are nesting.
 A single Siskin became the only call heard solely over the whole morning although the customary few Goldfinches came down to the island. Mid-morning a Sedge Warbler that was obviously fresh in landed in the SK paddock. Three Jackdaws flew high west towards Wales, and then unexpectedly a Mute Swan flew out towards the wind farms and settled on the sea. Waders are still going north to breed and this morning a flock of 65 Turnstones flew north calling excitedly over the island and settled momentarily at the north end befor moving on, while only a couple of Whimbrel were about today. A Marbled Coronet was the star of the moth trap last night.

 Ringed; 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Linnet

photo CJ (moth), BT

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