Friday, 2 May 2014


Overcast, 12º, cool NW breeze.

Initially a slow start with a few migrants passing through then later in the morning the wind dropped and migrant numbers began to increase.

The day started with an Iceland Gull seen in nearby fields, a late date for this arctic species. 

Well over 100 Wheatear (a lot of the “Greenland” race present) noted in total with most visibly moving up the island and a steady flow of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.

Over the day 5 Swift in off the sea, 100+ Swallow, 3 Whimbrel and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by 2 Herring Gulls.

A walk around the bill area and western slopes produced 4 Raven, 2 Kestrel, 5 Whinchat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 20+ Common Whitethroat, 5 Stonechat (incl young) and a Pied Flycatcher in the hand back at the Obs.

Sea passage was fairly light with 5 Common Scoter, 2 Sandwich Tern, a few "commic" Terns and several Gannet also a couple of Manx Shearwater and local movements of Shag, Guillemot (1 spectacled), Razorbill and Fulmar.

 Common Guillemot
 Stonechat with young
Pied Flycatcher

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