Saturday, 28 April 2018
28th April 2018
We met at the Monument about 7:30 with the weather cold, quite misty and becoming increasingly horrible. However although we didn't see lots of birds what we saw was quite good.
We had 9 Whitethroats, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, a Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warblers, nearly all of which were singing.
Overhead were a steady trickle of Swallows, 50 Linnets and 3 Siskins all moving SW, also had 3 Hobbys in off the sea. In one of the gardens at Hope Point were the first Early Spider Orchids and as we started back up the hill we had 2 White Wagtails on the path. Overhead the first 'big gathering' of 80 plus House Martins and 10 Swifts moved N. At sea was a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and 14 Sandwich Terns moving NE. Standing at the Monument we had several Common Carder Bees and to finish the morning a Manx Shearwater moved SW down Channel. Nigel (photos), Phil, Simon, Jack.