Monday, 28 April 2014
A fine sunny day with continuing light easterly winds saw birds arriving throughout the day. Only 30% coverage was managed but numbers were up, the bird of the day being a Wryneck trapped and ringed at Holland. Also there was the Hawfinch still, with other presumed hangers on being a Wood Warbler at Gue, Green Sandpiper at Trolla Vatn and Blue-headed Wagtail by the Observatory. Calm seas enabled counts of 12 Great Northern Divers around the coast and a single Grey Heron. A female Black Redstart was at Rue and the first Whitethroat was also there. Other totals included 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrels, 3 Woodpigeons, a Collared Dove, 5 Sand Martins, 24 Swallows, 7 Tree Pipits, White Wagtail, 3 Dunnocks, 35 Robins, 2 Redstarts, 67 Wheatears, 8 Ring Ouzels, a flock of 170 Fieldfares, 18 Song Thrushes, a Redwing, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, the year's first and our earliest ever Garden Warbler, 22 Blackcaps, 28 Chiffchaffs, 18 Willow Warblers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 10 Bramblings and a Common Redpoll.