A very samey couple of days with extensive cloud cover and a light NE breeze (although this did swing round to the west by the evening of the 10th); the main focus at the moment is the nesting birds and it was great to get conformation of breeding Garganey with a female and six ducklings seen on Hooking. Waders are already starting to build up with post / failed / non-breeding flocks of adults starting to form which on the 9th included 109 Oystercatchers, 128 Lapwings, 12 Golden Plover and 120 Sanderling.
Landbirds were limited to 5 Collared Doves, 5 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Pied Flycatcher, the Siskin still and a Common Redpoll. Also of note were 4 Great-northern Divers offshore and the first Storm Petrel of the year off the north end.
A similar array of birds on the 10th with 7 Collared Doves, 3 Chiffchaffs, the Willow Warbler, the Pied Flycatcher and the Siskin on the land with 9 Great-northern Divers, a Red-breasted Mergansers and 7 Black-tailed Godwits elsewhere. A pod of 15 Risso’s Dolphins off the north end were the first of the year.
Our Skuas are just starting to settle down