Very thick, very wet fog covered the island throughout the morning but I still blundered round the Obs census route and there were a few migrants around with my first Sandwich Tern of the year heard calling in the fog out in Nouster before it came close enough to see and a few birds around the coast and at Holland including 8 Goldcrests, 11 Redwings, 25+ Blackbirds, a Mistle Thrush, a Robin and a smart male Snow Bunting by Gretchen.
The weather cleared up by early afternoon and before a band of rain moved in there were a pair of Sandwich Terns mating on Gretchen (bit early for that sort of thing!) but after the rain it was a pleasant early evening with a few more birds having dropped in with a Wheatear and a Black Redstart by the pier while with the improved visibility I could see that the drake Green-winged Teal had reappeared on Gretchen (last seen on the 18th – I guess I’m only assuming it’s the same bird!) and Golden Plover were up to 355, a big increase!
Wheatear on the pier in the evening