Wednesday, 17 May 2017

15th and 16th May

Still promising conditions on the 15th with a brisk easterly wind and plenty of cloud but I suppose the biggest news was the absence of the infamous Red-winged Blackbird; searched for several times on both days in her usual haunts there was no sign of the streaky, spotty crowd puller!

                It was a bit of a quiet day all round really with the first Swift of the year along the west coast and the (yet again) surprise reappearance of the Gretchen Green-winged Teal – last seen on 26th April but realistically it is equally likely to be a new passage bird as it is the returning, wandering individual?   Other migrant totals included 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Woodpigeons, 4 Collared Doves, a Short-eared Owl, 4 House Martins, single Tree Pipit, Robin, Whinchat and Sedge Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Garden Warblers, a Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers and one each of Spotted and Pied Flycatchers.

Sparrowhawk with attendants,  photo Simon Davies

                The wind was back in the SW on the 16th and increased steadily through the day to become a raging force 6-7 by the evening; the day’s highlights consisted of the first Cuckoo of the year behind the surgery and a Marsh Harrier which toured around the island.   Other migrants showed a slight increase as totals included 3 Sparrowhawks, 2 Woodpigeons, 8 Collared Doves, a Short-eared Owl, 91 Swallows, 6 House Martins, a Whinchat, a Song Thrush, 2 Sedge Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, single Garden Warbler and Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warblers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a late Chaffinch, 3 Mealy Redpolls and 10 Carrion Crows.
Whinchat,  photo Simon Davies

Garden Warbler,  photo Larissa Simulik

Perhaps an unwise route to take your goslings or as Larissa quipped 'Oystercatchers are d**ks'