Water Pipits reappear and the first Whimbrel arrive

13th April 2010 – bright start then cloud W1/2
Another round of high tides again flushed two now summer plumaged Water Pipit from the salt marshes and into the flooded horse paddocks near Biggar.
Early morning observations over calm seas produced 40 Gannet, 22 Common Scoter, 20 Sandwich Tern and a single Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A singing Grasshopper Warbler was newly arrived at a breeding site on the island, however, the day again dawned to bright and clear skies and consequently grounded migrants remained at a premium with just 2 Chiffchaff and a single Tree Sparrow logged.
Diurnal Migration
Corvids were again on the move with small numbers of Carrion Crow and Jackdaw logged along with 3 briefly grounded White Wagtail and single Sand Martin and Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Whimbrel of the year were ahead of the mean arrival date for this species.
At least one Little Egret continues to roam the salt marshes.