Whinchat appears amongst Wheatear influx

27th April 2010 – bright start then overcast SE1/2
A rather mundane early morning seawatch (0700-0800) produced 64 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Tern, 11 Gannet, 11 Razorbill, 6 Guillemot, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
The numbers of territorial Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler continue to increase and a male Whinchat – the first of the year - was amongst a fall of 50 Wheatear, also seen were 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and single Grasshopper Warbler and White Wagtail.
Diurnal Migration
A late movement saw several skeins of Pink-footed Geese, totalling 210 birds, heading north.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 92 Golden Plover, 26 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Remarkably, the only Willow Warbler trapped was found to be bearing a foreign ring and sporting the address Arnhem-VT, Holland suggesting it had previously been ringed in The Netherlands.