Thursday 5 May 2022

5th May 2022

 Weather:  WNW force 2,  NW 1 by afternoon

Migrants are now at a premium as the breeze veered west, and sure enough 4 Arctic Terns on the sea were the  highlight today. Thirty five Sandwich and 18 Common Terns were also recorded with a summer plumaged Guillemot. The drake Eider and the regular male Common Scoter were also on the water. The lone summer plumaged Purple Sandpiper is still with us.

Other waders today included 40 Ringed Plover, 24 Whimbrel, about 3,000 Dunlin and 31 Turnstone, some in summer plumage.

As we have seen in the past, wind direction does not deter hirundines and Wheatears from arriving here. There were 32 Swallows, 8 Sand Martins and 8 Greenland Wheatears.

 A single Chiffchaff was singing on the island. Two young Blackbirds and 2 young Song Thrushes were among the residents seen. A few butterflies were out and about, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Peacock and an Orange Tip.

 Ringed: 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin, 1 Greenland Wheatear.

Photos SRW

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