First Swallow and Willow Warbler arrive

2nd April 2017 – bright and sunny NNW2/3
Observations over the sea (0730-0800) produced 30 Common Scoter, 10 Sandwich Tern, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver and 5 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Although, unlike yesterday, conditions were unconducive to produce many grounded birds the first 3 Willow Warbler arrived. Also seen were 12 Wheatear, 6 Goldcrest, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 White Wagtail and 2 Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
The first Swallow of the year flew through along with 100 Meadow Pipit, 10 alba Wagtail, 5 Sand Martin and single Whooper Swan and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 227 pale-bellied and 22 dark-bellied birds. Waders included 550 Golden Plover and 1500 Knot .
A drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker raised speculation of the island’s first breeding attempt.
Common Quaker and Early Thorn were again attracted to the moth trap overnight.