Saturday 8 May 2021

Saturday 8th May

A very wet and windy start with conditions improving only slightly during the day. Seawatching early morning was disappointing despite the south easterly wind direction with two Great Northern Diver, 18 Common Scoter and just three Sandwich Tern, although auks were moving south in numbers.

The weather had however dropped in some welcome passerine migrants all keeping low in the conditions. The highlight were at least seven Spotted Flycatcher, the second highest site count after 14 on 20/05/1996. with just two previous counts of six (01/05/1983 & 09/05/2000). They were not the only arrivals though with a Cuckoo singing first thing, the first Tree Pipit and three Sedge Warbler of the year, two Wheatear, a Whinchat, four Willow and a Garden Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat. Overhead just 35 Swallow, seven House and two Sand Martin and two Swift

Waders also arrived overnight with counts of 233 Dunlin, 48 Sanderling, 34 Turnstone, 15 Ringed Plover and 12 Whimbrel

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