Wednesday, 30 April 2014

30th April

Stronger and cooler easterly winds with heavy rain early morning decreasing by mid afternoon with thick cloud failed to produce anything spectacular but a few new arrivals joined the many lingering migrants, with 37% coverage achieved. A Grasshopper Warbler trapped at the Observatory and 2 Barnacle Geese by Holm were new, as were females of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and Merlin. The Glossy Ibis remains faithful to the school brae, a Wryneck at the Observatory and Hawfinch near Holland are presumed to be those seen previous. The year's first Sedge Warbler was at Hooking, one of many breeding areas on the island for this species and a female Black Redstart was at nearby Hooking. Common Redpolls increased to 9, Snow Buntings to 3 and Wheatears to123. The final exciting note of today was our first Lapwing chicks, the first of many we hope.
Barnacle Goose


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