The weather continues to be very changeable, with stormy conditions some days making coverage limited. New migrants keep arriving with 4 Chiffchaffs and a Dunnock on the 30th the first records of the year. It really felt like Spring on the 2nd, with lovely blue skies and the first Sandwich Terns appearing along with the first Wheatears, 6 of which were sighted around the coast. On the 3rd the first Great Skua was seen patrolling the south of the island, and the first Brambling flew over the Obs. Meadow Pipits, Skylarks and Pied/White Wagtails continue to pass through in reasonable numbers and a few Goldcrests have been present every day. The Smew was on Bewan on the 30th and 31st.
Wheatear (photo George Gay)
Meadow Pipit (photo George Gay)
Shoveler (photo George Gay)