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May 2007

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Twitchers' Corner - April 2007

With the mild winter and the warm, early spring, some early migrants were spotted in March and April, although, as Dave Butterfield reports, the return of spring migrants was generally slow. An osprey was seen near Ullapool on 4 March, an early swallow on the 14th on Rhum, a wheatear on the 23rd at Elphin, a chiffchaff - now an inceasingly common visitor - at Torvean, Inverness on the 24th, a common sandpiper on the 25th at Loch Assynt (a month ahead of the main sighting in this area), a sandwich tern at Chanonry Point on the 26th and a sand martin on the 31st at Loch Flemington. In April, 78 Sanderling were seen at Brora on the 2nd and a willow warbler appeared at Nethybridge on the 4th; but the main warbler influx was later in the month. An early whimbrel was reported at Inverness airport on the 7th - presumably having just jetted in! - and, on the next day, a common tern was seen at Tarbat Ness. On the 22nd, also at Tarbet Ness, 17 black-tailed godwits were sighted whilst numbers of Manx shearwaters and great skuas were seen passing by offshore. On the same day, a large flock of 84 black-tailed godwits was found in Munlochy Bay.
But the find of the month was a hoopoe at Poolewe on the 18 April.