Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Happy Birthday Connor!

15 April

The morning saw almost unremitting light rainfall grounding a large number of small migrants. Several waves of Willow Warblers worked their way north along the island and by the afternoon at least 300 had been logged. 100 Northern Wheatears too, nearly all richly-coloured birds of the Greenland race Leucorhoa, were arriving in droves and moving quickly up the mountain.

Willow Warbler on the south end, 15 April 2009
© Steven Stansfield

'Greenland' Wheatear' on the south end, 15 April 2009
© Steven Stansfield

The first Tree Pipit, Sedge Warblers and Common Redstart of the year – the latter a very smart adult male – arrived in the morning and three Common Sandpipers appeared on the beach. Other notable migrants included 13 Common Grasshopper Warblers, nine Blackcaps, 14 Common Chiffchaffs, 22 Goldcrests, a House Martin, a Redwing and a Mistle Thrush. A cessation of the rain early in the afternoon gave most of the birds the opportunity they were waiting for to move on, allowing the observatory staff to concentrate on the pizza-making competition being held for Connor’s birthday.

Connor with his 'Tiger' on his birthday
© Steven Stansfield

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