Friday, 6 May 2011
The spell of glorious sunshine finally came to a breezy, drizzly end, but there was little change in the numbers of migrants grounded on the island. A male Ruff on Ancum Loch was a new species for the year, and other waders included 33 Knots, 10 Whimbrels, and 510 Turnstones (the highest count of the year so far). A Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, a Brambling and a Chaffinch were newly arrived, while counts of other small migrants came to 1 Dunnock, 2 Robins, the same Black Redstart, 78 Wheatears, the long-staying Eastern Subalpine Warbler, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Common Redpoll and 2 Lapland Buntings. A Sparrowhawk, a Kestrel and a Merlin were present, and 52 Swallows and a Sand Martin were seen.