Weather: SE force 4/5
A cool breeze greeted observers, and small movements of migrants came through but frustratingly they all seemed to want to move on rapidly, most towards Middle in a southerly direction. Two Wheatears were briefly off the west side and 2 (probably the same) spent the tide on Middle, then another made it to the main island in the afternoon. Likewise a couple of Goldcrests departed for Middle and 2 were found there after the tide, with another 2 arriving on the main island later. Likewise half a dozen early Goldfinch and 7 Siskin made very brief appearances and a few Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and 2 Starlings flew through, while a couple of Chaffinches were also elusive.. A House Sparrow was heard near the north end and again preferred a southerly move towards the buildings before disappearing altogether.
After the tide the Goosander that was seen early off the north end stood on a rock in the lagoon between the islands.
Two new Robins and a Dunnock were ringed, small numbers of new Robins have arrived at the island in the last few days. Counts of several species exceeded 3 figures today including Shelduck, Brent, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Knot, Redshank and Curlew. At low tide however only a single Purple Sandpiper could be found, but 11 showed later in the afternoon. A Kestrel arrived mid-morning.
Photos CJ, AS, SRW