Weather: ESE force 3 cool and slightly misty at first then sunny
There were more birds passing through today than yesterday, although mostly of the same species but with the addition of a few less frequent visitors to the island. The regular finches included 5 Chaffinches,
also 16 Goldfinch, 21 Siskin with the 'special' bird being a Brambling which was down in the old obs briefly. A Chiffchaff and a couple of Goldcrests were in the paddocks which also held 3 Blackbirds and 2 Song Thrushes. Two Reed Buntings called as they moved across the island chain early in the day. No White Wagtails today but 10 Pied and 2 Greys were recorded. A first of the year in the form of a Sand Martin flew in at the north end and continued towards Red Rocks. Another first (and second) was a Sparrowhawk flying passed the obs low over the sea westward towards Wales, and then another passing the island an hour or so later.
Among the waders a Golden Plover came over the island, there was a single Bar-tailed Godwit and 16 Purple Sandpipers made a good total. Over 125 Common Scoter were seen including 5 close to the island, also 6 Great Crested Grebes. Singles about today were a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, and the Kestrel. The Brent count came to 349 including a dark-bellied bird. Prospective breeding birds singing today included Linnets.
Photo CJ & AS
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