Saturday, 10 May 2014
We're rapidly running out of sun-cream at the moment with all this hot weather and the 8th was another such, scorching day-not that were complaining! 35% of the island was birded but it was clear many of the previous days passerines had used the clear, bright night to move on with just a drake Garganey over Holland, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 32 Knot and a Sparrowhawk out south while we ate dinner outside of note. A bit more cloud and drizzle during the morning of the 9th was more productive, with 2 Fieldfares, a Garden Warbler, a Whitethroat, 6 Blackcaps, 12 Willow Warblers and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year found in with the same level of coverage, but with an additional 5 hours spent at the nets. The Glossy Ibis was still at Hooking, with 9 Great Northern Divers-virtually all in stunning summer plumage off the coast, a late Goldeneye and Common Sandpiper seen. Arctic Terns have increased quickly over the last few days with over 300 now present. Many have been seen carrying fish so hopefully they'll be settling down to form colonies soon-fingers crossed time again!!