A quiet couple of days with the weather all over the place as the 18th was breezy and drizzly at times; there were still small numbers of Manx Shearwaters and Storm Petrels offshore from the seawatch hide while the Quail was still singing from near the airfield and a slightly unseasonal Grey Wagtail was feeding in Nouster Bay. The Sparrowhawk was seen again and a single Golden Plover was the only returning wader of note.
Heavy rain through the morning delayed proceedings on the 19th somewhat but the afternoon was pleasant with the sun poking through on occasion; there was a hint of some returning ducks as counts on Hooking included 11 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 13 Teal and a drake Pintail while other birds included a Heron, 11 Sand Martins, a Collared Dove and a new male Sparrowhawk. Also on Hooking at least 70 Black-headed Gull chicks were counted flying around with varying degrees of elegance and coordination.
Juvenile Black-headed Gull
1st summer Arctic Tern, photos Simon Davies