Strong winds and rain have dominated for the last few days. The number of migrants has likewise taken a downturn but there are still daily double-figure counts of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap as they move through the island. Sedge Warblers are singing in the Withies and the odd Grasshopper Warbler is also reeling. Hirundine passage has slowed to a trickle. The bulk of the migrants at the moment are finches with over fifty Goldfinch being recorded most days along with good numbers of Linnet and Lesser Redpoll.
Record numbers of Goldfinch were logged in 2010. This year looks set to follow suit. (c) Richard Brown