Blue skies and no wind made for very pleasant weather, but censuses have been painfully slow with most producing no migrants at all. However a few nice birds kept us believing spring migration isn’t quite over yet. An unidentified acro seen briefly at Westness at dusk on the 3rd was relocated and trapped and ringed the following day, confirmed as a Marsh Warbler. The bird was still there the next couple of days, and was interestingly retrapped by Fair Isle Bird Obs on the 10th. The only migrant on the 5th was a Chiffchaff, but the 6th was better with a female Bluethroat at Westness along with a Kestrel. A Cuckoo was trapped and ringed at Holland in the evening, the second so far this year.
Marsh Warbler (photo Euan Ferguson)
Bluethroat (photo George Gay)