With more gentle northerlies, we weren’t holding a lot of hope for today, but it turned out to be a better day than most this week for migration. It was the kind of day that could provide four warbler species in one binocular view. Blackcaps and Willow Warblers were the predominant species, but there had been an arrival of Sedge Warblers, their frantic singing could be heard throughout the scrubby areas of the island all morning, as well as the scratchy songs of Whitethroats.
The ringing totals were far from sky-high today, but there was a nice variety of finches and warblers in the mix. Nant provided the first Spotted Flycatchers of the year which have curiously winged their way onto the year list before Pied Flycatcher… Or Redstart and Whinchat for that matter!
Whimbrels were in good supply once again, including the individual that was ringed in May last year. There was also the usual cast of waders today, which included a good flock of Purple Sandpipers and a Snipe which was weirdly seen on the Narrows, a little out of place as this species is almost invariably seen in the Wetland area.
Birds today: one Grey Heron, one Sparrowhawk, one Buzzard, two Merlins, one Peregrine, two Ringed Plovers, 37 Purple Sandpipers, 37 Whimbrels, 11 Dunlins, one Snipe, 10 Turnstones, one Black–headed Gull, one Collared Dove, one Sand Martin, 51 Swallows, three House Martins, six White Wagtails, 16 Sedge Warblers, eight Whitethroats, 44 Blackcaps, 14 Chiffchaffs, 72 Willow Warblers, one Goldcrest, two Spotted Flycatchers, seven Siskins, seven Lesser Redpolls.
Ringing totals: Blackcap 12 (1), Robin 1, Wren (1), Sedge Warbler 4, Whitethroat 3, Lesser Redpoll 4, Goldfinch 4, Siskin 1, Willow Warbler 10, Chiffchaff 3.