Osprey and Reed Warbler added to year list

27th April 2011 – overcast then sunny E2
There was again very little activity over the sea with small numbers of Gannet, Red-throated Diver and Guillemot the only sightings (0730-0800).
Grounded Migrants
A Reed Warbler was on territory and several Lesser Whitethroat were singing at new locations, however, there was little evidence of new arrivals with single Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Redstart and Blackcap probably lingering birds.
Diurnal Migration
Highlight of the day involved an Osprey moving through at 0920hrs.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 340 Sanderling gathered along the maritime shore.
Amongst recent recoveries of Lesser Black-backed Gull nestlings ringed at South Walney were a couple of interesting movements. A bird ringed on 1st July 1989 was shot at Alfsnes, Kjossar, ICELAND (1540km NW) on 25th July 2009 and one ringed on 8th July 2000 was shot at Geitagil, Orlygshofn, Vestur-Bardastrandar, ICELAND (1727km NW) on 13th May 2009.
Speckled Wood are now on the wing and an Orange Tip was in the observatory garden, while resident elsewhere on the island this would appear to be the first record for this location.