Friday, 27 April 2018

26th and 27th April

Sunshine and showers again on the 26th but they became fewer and further apart in the afternoon in favour of bright and sunny conditions; there were two main highlights through the day with a smart male Grey-headed Wagtail on the beach at Brides (not a classic bird with some greeny patches in the dark grey head and some little white flecks on the lores) but this was pushed into second place when a LITTLE RINGED PLOVER was found, also on Brides beach by someone trying to twitch the Wagtail!   A regular bird throughout the southern UK but a real island mega, as it was only the second record after one in May 1994!

                It was quiet otherwise across the island as totals included lingering Pink-footed Goose and Whooper Swan, 2 Merlin, the Kumlien’s Gull again, 2 Woodpigeons, 2 Sand Martins, 8 Swallows, 44 Wheatears, a Fieldfare, 3 Redwings, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, a Chiffchaff, 4 Rook, 4 Carrion Crows, a Siskin and 2 Common Redpolls.

                A glorious day on the 27th with hardly a breath of wind throughout and plenty of sunshine; it was (unsurprisingly) again quiet for grounded migrants but the first Arctic Tern of the year was off The Links and a pair of Garganey on Hooking also made it on to the year list.

                Calm seas allowed the Nouster Black-throated Diver to be seen again along with 19 Great-northern Divers and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers while the first little arrival of 12 Knot were on The Links together with 108 Sanderling, 121 Purple Sandpipers and 8 Black-tailed Godwits.   Also of note was another big wave of 862 Black-headed Gulls counted across the island but predictably concentrated around Hooking.

                Landbirds were again thin on the ground but included a Short-eared Owl, 10 Sand Martins (seen prospecting on the sand cliffs of The Links where they bred last year), 7 Swallows, 3 Dunnocks, 49 Wheatears, a Fieldfare, 2 Redwings, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 6 Chiffchaffs, a Rook and a Brambling.

Little Ringed Plover                                      Simon Davies

Grey-headed Wagtail                                Simon Davies

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