Iceland Gull, Avocet and Little Ringed Plover

19th April 2011 – hazy sun E1/2 then NW2
A check over the sea revealed little more than 2 Gannet before a second year Iceland Gull drifted north along the shoreline.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was the first of the year and although 25 Wheatear were logged additional sightings were otherwise limited to 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Whitethroat and a Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 141 Pink-footed Geese were recorded in two northbound skeins while small numbers of Sand Martin and House Martin were seen amongst the continued trickle of Swallow and Meadow Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders provided the stars of the show with 2 Avocet – the third island record and the first since 1995 and a Little Ringed Plover logged along with 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper
The Hooded Crow continues to linger and remains paired to a Carrion Crow.
A rather distant view of the 2 Avocet trying to blend in amongst the Shelduck.