Wednesday, 30 March 2011
A few new migrants were dotted around the island in the morning, the most noteworthy of which were 15 Lapland Buntings on the west coast and airfield. Another one, probably a long-stayer, was with the Skylarks at Kirbest; 3 Wheatears, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Song Thrushes, 43 Meadow Pipits and 9 Pied Wagtails were seen; and a small arrival in the afternoon delivered 2 Robins. A couple of Redwings were fresh-in, and a count of 30 Blackbirds included a few new birds as well as the wintering population. A Little Gull at Bridesness Point was the pick of the non-passerines, while others included 3 Merlins, a Peregrine and a count of 242 Golden Plovers.