12th April

A continuation of yesterday's unsettled weather resulted in a very similar day list, with the exception of a couple of classic spring waders: a Whimbrel at the Bill and a Common Sandpiper along the East Cliffs. Blackcaps continued to dominate on the passerine front, while a new Merlin, an immature male, was fresh in off the sea. The strong breeze brought with it a little more variety on the sea with an increased passage of Kittiwakes, Common Gulls and Sandwich Terns. As the rain finally descended (we can't avoid it all the time) it pushed down the high-flying Lesser Black-backed Gulls down to a viewable level, an often overlooked phenomenon. Elsewhere on the island, the three Ring Ouzels continued their stint at Barleycrates Lane, together with a smattering of Wheatears, Blackcaps and a single Whitethroat