First Redstart and Swift finally arrive

7th May 2022 – overcast/fog/mist clearing to sunny spells N1
Observations over the sea (0700-0800) again provided variety rather than quantity with 90 Guillemot, 70 Sandwich Tern, 46 Manx Shearwater, 30 Gannet, 21 Razorbill, 17 Kittiwake, 17 Common Scoter, 2 Little Tern, 3 Puffin and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Newly arrived birds involved 14 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 3 Willow Warbler and single Blackcap and Redstart – the latter the first of the year.
Diurnal Migration
A Yellow Wagtail was amongst a further trickle of Swallow and 3 Swift were the first of the year.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 17 Whimbrel.
The two Hooded Crows (adult + second-year) both remain.
Breeding Birds
An increase in the number of territorial Sedge Warblers across the island has been noted in the last few days, however all other breeding warbler species remain below strength.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Large White are now on the wing and 2 Red Admiral were seen. Attractions to the moth trap included Green Carpet, Garden Carpet, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and Red Twin-spot Carpet.