Ortolan Bunting (Atle Grimsby)1st–15th May

May opened with a Wood Warbler in the former Boarding house´s garden. A Twite on the 2nd.

In strong northerlies during 4th to 6th, a total of 2,500 Barnacle Geese, 145 Red-throated Loons, one Great Northern Loon, four Yellow-billed Loons (plus six unidentified big ones), 17 Parasitic Jaegers and one Great Skua headed north.

The following day, in calm conditions, three Pomarine Skuas followed and there were still flocks of Barnacles.

A Short-eared Owl was in the east on the 6th. Next day, a Western Marsh Harrier inspected the isle longitudinally, while Eurasian Collared Dove was another addition to the year-list.

Common Cuckoo and Garden Warbler were new-in on the 8th. Nine Whimbrels, two Common Greenshanks and a Hawfinch the same day.

An Ortolan Bunting was trapped in the ringing forests on the 9th, and 50 Tree Pipits were in the same general area.

Mute Swans (Atle Grimsby)Also, the first Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher for the year showed up, while Black Redstart (only the second for the spring) and Yellow Wagtail thunbergi were other entrants in the log.

On the 10th, a Common Moorhen was in the north harbour. Two Twites on the 12th, and a Short-eared Owl was seen hunting the same evening.

In increasing southerlies on the 13th, one Manx Shearwater and twenty Arctic Terns passed the northern headland, while no less than 14 Pomarine Skuas (and 13 Parasitic Jaegers) passed on the east side.

The best birds locally though were two Mute Swans (Atle Grimsby), also in the east. A female House Sparrow was in the south and Common Swift appeared for the first time this year.

Next day, three Manx Shearwaters, one Pomarine Skua and five Great Skuas passed by. The swans had relocated to the north.

The last day of the period under review came up with Tufted Duck, Yellow Wagtail, European Goldfinch and Red Crossbill, while the flock of Common Scoter on the east had increased to 148 birds.

The period gave (too) many opportunities for watching seabird migration

Ortolan Bunting (Atle Grimsby)