22nd April

Fall size continues to grow exponentially, with another fantastic arrival around the centre and south of the island today. Solidly overcast skies and what was only really a waft of a headbreeze did the trick and saw the Bill area absolutely hopping with 1000 Willow Warblers, 200 Wheatears, 100 each of Blackcap and Chiffchaff, 50 Whitethroats and 20 Grasshopper Warblers on the ground and a strong and constant passage of hirundines overhead. The back-up cast was too varied to enumerate in full but over a wider area of the south of the island included an additional 20 Grasshopper Warblers, 25 each of Sedge Warbler and Redstart, 10 Yellow Wagtails (including a 'Channel' Wagtail), 5 Ring Ouzels, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 each of Black Redstart and Pied Flycatcher, 2 each of Turtle Dove, Cuckoo, Fieldfare and Firecrest, and singles of Hobby and Green Sandpiper, whilst rarity interest was confined to brief sightings of a Subalpine Warbler beside the Coastguard Cottages at the Bill and a Serin at Coombefield Quarry. Sea passage was pretty limited but did include 62 Common Scoter, 32 Whimbrel, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 each of Red-throated Diver and Arctic Skua, and singles of Great Northern Diver and Great Skua through off the Bill.

Two of the more interesting migrants today were this 'Channel' Wagtail that dropped in briefly at the Bill © Graham Morey:

...and a Green Sandpiper that flew over the Bill and Ferrybridge (presumably both sightings referred to the same bird?) © Pete Saunders:

We've been sent a hatful more photos for today's blog but after a such a busy week we really need to catch up on some sleep so they'll have to wait until tomorrow!