Thursday, 24 March 2011

24th March

A reasonably calm day saw Wheatear make its anticipated debut on the island's year-list, just two days later than the earliest ever arrival here. Other migrant passerines included 23 Meadow Pipits, 11 Pied Wagtails, 127 Skylarks and 2 Song Thrushes. The most unusual sighting of the day was a flock of 10 Grey Plovers flying along the west coast: this is a fairly uncommon species here, and todays count is only one fewer than the all-time record. The 20 Whooper Swans remained and the Peregrine was seen again near the lighthouse.

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