Right now on to the birds, we'll start on the sea, a very productive couple of sea-watch days provided 173 Sooty Shearwaters, 79 Manx Shearwater, another Great Shearwater, a Pomerine Skua and most surprisingly, a bit of North Ron mega a single Balearic Shearwater as a combined total over two days.
Hirundine numbers have also been on the up and 76 Swallows were accompanied by 10 Sand Martin, 12 Swift and a single House Martin.
Waders numbers are staying steady with 5 Little Stint, 7 Ruff and a single Common Sandpiper being the most notable of the period.
Elsewhere passerine numbers continued to fluctuate with only 2 Willow Warblers and a single Chiffchaff but in saying that we had our first Lapland Bunting of 2016 and well over 100 Wheatear. Non-passerines of note came in the shape of a Carrion Crow, 1 Great-Northern Diver and 2 Red-throated Divers. Also very interestingly a colour ringed Bar-tailed Godwit, that has previously visited the island in 2011 and 2013 was photographed. The bird was initially ringed in Finnmark, Norway on the 15/4/2010.
|Bar-tailed Godwits (Left hand bird with colour ring) - George Gay|
|Colour ring on Bar-tailed Godwit - George Gay|
|Lapland Bunting - George Gay|