Swift and Garden Warbler

4th May 2015 – bright and sunny SW5/4/3/2
Morning observations on the rising tide (0745-0945) produced variety rather than quantity with 130 Guillemot, 90 Arctic Tern (flocks of 30+60 high into the bay), 76 Gannet, 68 Kittiwake, 66 Sandwich Tern, 58 Manx Shearwater, 21 Whimbrel, 11 Common Scoter, 7 Little Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 6 Razorbill, 3 Fulmar, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and an Arctic Skua logged. Later observations added a further 34 Sandwich Tern and 10 Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A small influx of Sedge Warbler was evident into breeding areas and grounded migrants involved a Whinchat amongst 24 Wheatear, 2 Blackcap and single Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Although the first Swift of the year flew through there was no obvious evidence of hirundine passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
A few Teal and 2 Shoveler remain and waders included 3000 Dunlin, 40 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 7 Golden Plover.