Some late movement

31st May 2011 – sunny spells WSW2/3
A check over the sea on the rising tide (0800-0900) produced a dark phase Arctic Skua amongst 24 Guillemot, 10 Gannet, 4 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
A Mistle Thrush was totally unexpected while a Cuckoo was more in keeping with the time of the year.
Diurnal Migration
A few House Martin moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three Black-tailed Godwit were logged.
Perhaps to be expected, following the record breaking April due to the early arrival of many summer migrants, May proved to be something of a damp squib with just 31 birds of 12 species trapped and ringed. Individual species totals involved: Sedge Warbler (8), Whitethroat (4), Swallow (4), Blackcap (3), Goldfinch (3), Willow Warbler (2), Dunnock (2), Greenfinch (1), Blackbird (1), Woodpigeon (1), Meadow Pipit (1) and Spotted Flycatcher (1).