The continued west south west winds produced the migrants in-and-around the observatory this morning and throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening.
The best of the rest came in the form of this stunning male Red-Backed Shrike that hung around on the nature reserve all day, the first of the spring. A male Serin also paid us a visit, making it the 5th record of Serin to the observatory this spring.
Migrants included 634 Swallow, 77 House Martin and 3 Swift moving through during the course of the day. 20 Common Scoter, 10 Common Tern, 1 Kittiwake, 1 Whimbrel were offshore and 1 Siskin, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Turtle Dove, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 10 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 26 Goldfinch on land.
A Jackdaw showing the characteristics of one of the foreign races, (below).
Ringing: 4 birds ringed during the course of the morning including 2 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat and 1 Linnet.