Saturday 23 April 2022

23rd April 2022

 Weather:  NE force 4, 6/7 in the afternoon.

The first Common Sandpiper of the year landed at the bottom of the cliffs east side of Middle this morning.

 There was another small drift of Willow Warblers today, probably about a dozen, also arrived were 2 Blackcaps, one of each sex, a single Greenland Wheatear, and a White Wagtail. A few moer finches than yesterday included 11 Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and 2 Redpoll. Larger land birds visiting were a Magpie flying west and 2 Collared Doves moving to the south. A Peregrine was noted today. Six Whimbrel graced the shore,

 .... and pick of the other waders were 280 Dunlin, 17 Ringed Plover and 4 Grey Plover.

 A look at the sea during high tide found a first summer Little Gull. The 3 Eider from yesterday were still here and the female was recognised as the individual with the damaged wing that spent a lot of time here in 2020 but did not seem to be here last year. A pleasant and unexpected surprise.

 Photos AS, SRW

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