Serin continues to draw admirers

7th May 2007 - sunny spells, heavy showers SW 4/5/6
The female Serin lingers and continues to draw an appreciative audience.
At least one Shag remains offshore. Combined totals for three hours of observations through the day (0700-1700) were 185 Gannet, 100 Kittiwake, 72 Common Scoter, 50 Sandwich Tern, 14 Guillemot, 12 Arctic Tern, 10 Manx Shearwater, 4 Fulmar, 2 Little Tern and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
There was no evidence of any new arrivals with just 4 Wheatear, single Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat and the long-staying Hooded Crow logged.
Diurnal Migration
Again limited to a few Swallows coming in off the Irish Sea.
Wildfowl and Waders
Just 10 Whimbrel were seen as numbers continue to dwindle. In addition, 3 Golden Plover were logged - a rather late date and 400 Knot continue to feed along the western shore.
Breeding Birds
Census work reveals the presence of 20-22 breeding pairs of Stonechat on the island.
A single Little Egret continues to stalk the island's tidal pools.