Weather: ENE force 0/1 NNW 1 by noon, misty around the estuary
A first look around the island very soon after dawn gave little hope that migrants were moving, there were none in the trapping areas, although a single Willow Warbler sang in the obs garden. On the next round however (6.15hrs) 4 Willow Warblers were trapped and more subsequently. This provided enough encouragement for other members to come over to assist. Often migrants do not drop in during the dark hours, and in this case a small amount of mizzle seemed to do the trick. About 40/50 Willow Warblers arrived during the day.
Whinchat again featured on the day list
As did Greenland Wheatear, there were 10 this morning.
There were 2 Sedge Warblers today, one was singing in the Blackthorn early on.
Also down on the island were 3 Chiffchaffs, a Grasshopper Warbler (in the old obs), a male Blackcap, and 3 Whitethroats. Twelve Goldfinches graced the island but not so many Swallows were passing through today (14 recorded). Moving through and calling were 4 Lesser Redpoll and a Tree Pipit, while 3 Collared Doves flew in to make a visit. Two Canada Geese sat on the beach near Red Rocks, the male Eider was again on its own as was the male Common Scoter. Whimbrel were slightly down in numbers with 17 seen today, although both Dunlin (2500) and Knot (2000) were plentiful. Eight Shelduck were about with 5 Mallard, 2 Little Egrets and 14 Sandwich Tern on the sea. At low tide 312 Grey Seals were counted hauled out on the west hoyle bank.
Ringed: 31 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Linnet.
Photos: AEH, SRW
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