First Swift of the year

30th April 2009 - early rain SSE4
Morning observations in persistent rain (0800-1000) produced 520 Sandwich Tern, 30 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 4 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot and a Shag.
Grounded Migrants
A group of 3 Wheatear were likely remnants from previous arrivals.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 4 Swift were the first of the year.
A colour ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull was marked at a landfill site in Gloucestershire on 22nd November 2008 indicating the wintering area of at least some of the Walney breeding colony.