Smaller numbers of Dunlin were with the large numbers of Purple Sandpipers
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Overcast conditions with a light easterly produced a selection of new birds, however thick fog rolled in early afternoon slowing new arrivals down to a trickle. The days migrant highlights consisted of the first Wood Sandpiper and Sedge Warbler of the year, two Black Redstarts and the Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll which reappeared near Ancum. Other birds included a Sparrowhawk, three Tree Pipits, 80 Wheatears, a Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers and single Goldcrest, Brambling, Greenfinch and Snow Bunting while at least six Goldfinches remained. Wader passage is becoming more pronounced with some high counts noted today including 1,163 Turnstone, 12 Knot, 16 Whimbrel and an island record 430 Purple Sandpipers.