With a mixed bag of a weather and the Spring pushing on into a bit of low ebb it's not been all that surprising that the number of migrant birds is also dying down. Despite this a few interesting bits and bobs have been making landfall on the island.
The 13th was a relatively quiet day, all three Crossbills were still in the same places, with two birds around the School and another around Holland. The long staying Marsh Warbler has also been seen in Ancum Willows but it seems a little bit shy and has only recently been seen disappearing into cover. A late Willow Warbler was around Cursitter and a Curlew Sandpiper has also been hanging around the Links and Brides areas. The 14th was very much a carbon copy although a large arrival of 400+ Kittiwake at the North end was notable.
The 15th was a little more exciting without setting the world alight! At least one of the Crossbills was still present around Holland while a Greenshank was seen briefly on Gretchen in the morning. Our second latest Spring record of Long-eared Owl seemed like it was going to be the bird of the day in Holland until a female Nightjar was flushed from the New Zealand Flax at the Eastern end of the garden a few minutes later, the slightly odd morning was topped off with the discovery of an adult Gannet in a field just South of Holland House.