Black Redstart

20th April 2013 – sunny spells NW3/4
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 240 Common Scoter, 46 Sandwich Tern, 12 Razorbill, 10 Arctic Tern, 5 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Guillemot and an adult Little Gull.
Grounded Migrants
A stunning male Black Redstart was the star of the show amongst 55 Wheatear, 41 White Wagtail, 12 Goldcrest, 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap and a Grasshopper Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 85 Pink-footed Geese flew north early morning with 70 Meadow Pipit, 20 Swallow, 5 Sand Martin, 3 Lesser Redpoll and single Jay, House Martin and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Whimbrel and single Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit.
Two Barn Owl and 2 Little Egret were the best of the rest.