Wednesday 17 April 2024

17th April 2024

 Weather: NNW force 5, easing 3/4 by late evening with the lake district visible

A quiet day with no warblers present nor small migrants of any kind if we exclude the 4 Goldfinches hanging about.

 The main interest came with seeing the winter visitors heading north, there were 62 Brent today, possibly all that are still with us, likewise 4 Purple Sandpipers, but we have been fooled before. Sea bird arrivals feeding today were 70 Gannets and 279 Sandwich Terns, always a delight around the island.


Two of the scarcer Arctic Terns were also noted. Flocks of Common Scoter, about 1,500 were flying east, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Great Crested Grebe wer part of a sea watch. A lot of the waders are thinking of going north now like the 95 Turnstone and 35 Ringed Plover.  In the evening there were 7 Eiders present at sunset.

 Photos AEH, SRW

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