23rd May

An excellent drying day; a continuation of yesterdays howling winds saw an almost complete halt in migration on the land. In fact, not a single bird was trapped in over 8 hours of trying (admittedly we could only get a very small selection of the more sheltered nets open), and just the one Spotted Flycatcher was present within the garden. Once again, however, the sea was more eventful with the first Storm Petrel for the Bill sighted in the late morning as well as two apiece of Great and Arctic Skua. As will presumably be the norm now for the majority of the breeding season, the gull flock continued to draw in a couple of species of interest including four late Common Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull. Hopefully the slight drop in wind forecast for the morning will generate some more 'birdable' conditions.