Thursday, 29 April 2010

28th April

Reasonable numbers of Wheatears (110) are still around including a colour-ringed bird that was ringed the previous year on Fair Isle. The most notable migrants today were Ring Ouzel 3 and a Common Whitethroat which were both year first. Other birds today included; a Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 7 Whimbrel, 3 Wood Pigeon, a Collared Dove, 23 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, a Robin, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and 6 Carrion Crow. The Ring-necked Duck is still on Ancum loch.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

13th to the 27th April

Things were pretty quiet upto the 20th with just the odd Chiffchaff and Dunnock seeming the only birds that could make it through the persistent north-westerly winds, although we did get our first Whimbrel of the year on the 18th. The sound of Pink-feet heralded the 20th when 465 were counted, this had risen to 924 by the 23rd and they were accompanied by 53 Barnacles and a pale- bellied Brent. The first Swallow was seen on the 23rd after which they became regular peaking at 21 on the 27th. The 25th produced the first Lesser Whitethroat(2) and Blackcap and the 26th saw the first Arctic Skua, Arctic Tern and Sand Martin. A bit of a fall on the 27th saw 175 Wheatear around the island along with a Sparrowhawk, a Cuckoo, 7 Sand Martin, 7 Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaff. The Ring-necked Duck was present throughout.

Monday, 12 April 2010

8th to the 12th April

The Ring-necked Duck was still present on Ancum loch on the 9th when 6 Rook and 2 Carrion Crows were also seen. A Lapland Bunting was seen on the 10th along with 2 Dunnock, 29 Wheatear and a Black Redstart. On the 12th the first Willow Warbler of the year was seen along with the first Collared Doves 3 and the first Long-eared Owl.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

31st March to 7th April

A Hawfinch was seen on the 3rd April on which date a Lapland Bunting was also seen. Two Sandwich Terns on the 4th were the first of the year and House Martin and Goldcrest on the 7th were also the first to be recorded this year, the House Martin being the earliest record by seven days.