Serin in fine voice

19th April 2013 – sunny spells NW3/4
A singing male Serin appeared in the observatory garden (1000-1015) before appearing to fly off north.
Early morning observations (0800-0900) in much calmer conditions produced 44 Kittiwake, 29 Gannet, 27 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Tern, 15 Razorbill, 14 Red-throated Diver, 4 Guillemot, 3 Manx Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
The striking male Yellow Wagtail remains amongst 140 Meadow Pipit, 37 White Wagtail and 6 Pied Wagtail. The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year arrived although passage remains slow with otherwise just 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Meadow Pipit, Pied/White Wagtail and Swallow continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Scaup remain and waders included 8 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.
The Hooded Crow continues in residence.
A couple of record shots of the Serin.