First Spotted Flycatcher arrives

2nd May 2011 – bright and sunny ENE 4/5/6
Morning observations (0730-0830) were led by a dark phase Arctic Skua amongst small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Common Scoter, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Tern, Guillemot and Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
A few newly arrived birds were in evidence with 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and single Redstart, Wheatear and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
Several Sand Martin were amongst a few northbound Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 300 Sanderling were along the maritime shore and a group of 10 Whimbrel were seen.
A Peregrine was the best of the rest
A Marbled Coronet was new for the year.