|Little Ringed Plover by Marc Albiac|
The first southern overshoots arrived in the form of Alpine Swifts in Co Cork and Kent, and the first Hoopoes in Co Kerry and Dorset. Pride of place has to go to the Baillon’s Crake that was seen coming in off the sea in Cornwall and spending a short time walking around rocks on the beach at St Levan before heading off west, never to be seen again. This is a migrant with less than 100 records in the last 100 years!
|Hoopoe by Richard Nuernberger|
|Cuckoo by Edmund Fellowes|
So, what might we expect? The weekend isn’t looking great but early next week we should see some migration. Wheatears are tough little birds and will take any opportunity and we could see them arriving in better numbers than has been the case so far, along with more Sand Martins and Swallows, and the first real movement of Sandwich Terns. There has been a small migration of Painted Lady butterflies too and we can look forward to seeing more of these over the next week or so.
|Painted Lady by John Harding|