First Blackcap of the year

10th April 2009 - overcast/showers S4/3/2/1
At least 3 Water Pipit were again in the flooded fields and horse paddocks along Biggar Bank over the tide before returning to the adjacent salt marshes.
Morning observations (0810-0910) were dominated by 180 Sandwich Tern and 130 Common Scoter. Also seen were 8 Gannet, 3 Razorbill and single Guillemot and Great Crested Grebe.
Grounded Migrants
A notable increase than of late with 25 Willow Warbler, 5 White Wagtail, 5 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and 2 Blackcap logged.
Diurnal Migration
Limited to 60 Meadow Pipit and 10 Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 60 pale-bellied birds and a flock of 250 Golden Plover were seen.
A Merlin continues to hunt the island.
One of today's Water Pipits.