Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Another day of calm winds brought a small number of new migrants, most of which were probably grounded by the light early-morning showers or the torrential deluge that followed a few hours later. An Icterine Warbler was the pick of the bunch, a late addition to an already-impressive tally of the species this spring. A male Blue-headed Wagtail near the lighthouse was also notable in a rather less impressive spring for flava wags in general; and other passerines included 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Song Thrush. The first Storm Petrel of the year flew past the seawatching hide; 3 Collared Doves and a Swift were seen; and the southbound passage of Golden Plovers, underway almost as soon as the last northbound migrants had departed from sight, increased to 24 birds.