18th May

The continued westerly winds and clear blue skies saw to it that our migrant tally remained woefully low. The only passerine migrants still making an appearance were a smattering of Wheatears across the Bill, five Spotted Flycatchers and a late arrival of Swallows (a steady passage of 70 across a broad front were probably an underestimate) and House Martins. The sea was uncharacteristically quiet with just two Arctic Skua and a single Great Northern Diver of note off the Bill. 

Although we make it sound a bit devoid of life at times, there are always the local breeders to keep us happy - not everyone has Razorbills on their doorstep or regular passage Wheatears © Pete Saunders...

...and we've lost count of the number of folk who've told us in recent weeks that things like Fulmars - bread-and-butter birds for us - are the first they've seen for over a year © Martin Cade: