Friday, April 11, 2008

11th April,2008

A day with little change in evidence except the exodus of a significant proportion of our wintering Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese yesterday. The winds have altered from the northerlies of several days to light westerlies which , combined with the pleasant weather of yesterday, clearly provided the impetus causing the birds to move. Whilst some still remain the island is suddenly enveloped by relative silence, soon to be replaced by the general arrival of countless lambs!!!

A trio of Wheatears near home were obvious migrants and the only ones seen all day. A stunning male Merlin on the coastline was probably a migrant bound for Iceland as were 7 Whooper Swans. Following several reported on Wednesday a single Willow Warbler at Gruinart and a couple of Sand Martins comprised all that appeared to be new.

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