|Resplendent Redstart (David Kinchin-Smith)|
|A steady passage of Wheatears (David Kinchin-Smith)|
|Good numbers of Chiffchaffs still present (David Kinchin-Smith)|
|A Linnet soaking up today's sun (David Kinchin-Smith)|
|The newest additions to Brownsman (David Kinchin-Smith)|
April comments: The easterly winds have been blowing these last few days
and with them has come some new arrivals to the islands. One of the highlights
for both the Inner and Outer Group have been stunning male Redstarts for both islands. Other birds of note have included a Whitethroat on Brownsman today and a Garden Warbler on Inner Farne
yesterday, both of which represent the first records of the year.
However, what’s really been evident today and yesterday has been the activity
of our breeding birds – Tern numbers are building in the roost, we’ve now had
numerous sightings of Guillemot eggs, Puffins have been busy excavating
burrows, Rock Pipits have been display flying or ‘parachuting’ and the Outer
Groups' first Mallard ducklings took their maiden voyage on Brownsman pond
today. Spring certainly has sprung!
Today’s totals: Shoveler
3, Peregrine 1, Purple Sandpiper 132,
Snipe 1, Iceland Gull 1, Sand Martin
4, Swallow 5, Meadow Pipit 7, Yellow Wagtail
1, Robin 12, Redstart 3,
Wheatear 8, Song Thrush 4, Blackbird 1, Fieldfare 2, Blackcap 3, Whitethroat 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Willow
Warbler 5, Chiffchaff 16, Linnet 3, Goldfinch 1.
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