Sunday, 13 March 2011
First Wheatears return.
After a chilly and cloudy start, the morning turned out gloriously sunny. Two Wheatears were the highlight, a cracking male on the northern cliffs by the small valley and Pete Alderson also had one up by the cairn. Six Stonechats seemed to be a small influx, with four birds together by hamburger rock - three females all trying to get the attention of a fine singing male. Other migrants were 30+ Meadow Pipits, including a flock of 12 birds through (the first proper flock of the year), 10+ Chaffinches, 4 Siskin and 2 Goldfinch. Fulmars are back on the cliffs above Marine Drive, while good numbers of Razorbills, Guillemots and Kittiwakes have returned to the cliffs. 2 Choughs, Ravens and Peregrine also showing on the headland.