Monday, 11 May 2009

Strong winds returned overnight to thwart any intentions of another mist-netting session, but an excellent selection of birds was seen during the day. The belated first Yellow Wagtail of the year appeared amongst the cattle at Ty Pellaf, and was later relocated at the north end of the island. A Yellowhammer on the west coast and a Reed Warbler singing at Cristin were also additions to the island year-list – as was a Red Kite (the 12th island record) that drifted along the mountain ridge to the appreciation of several observers. Counts of other migrants were mostly down on yesterday: one Spotted Flycatcher, 22 Northern Wheatears, nine Sedge Warblers, 12 Common Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, four Blackcaps, four Common Whitethroats, two Lesser Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, eight White Wagtails, 140 Barn Swallows, 19 House Martins, 14 Sand Martins and four Common Swifts. A Rook and 11 Eurasian Jackdaws flew overhead, and at sea four Sandwich Terns and a Black-headed Gull went by. Three Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, four Dunlins and 18 Whimbrels roosted around the Narrows. All that remained of the previous day’s fringilline bonanza were 18 European Goldfinches, five Lesser Redpolls and four Eurasian Siskins.

Red Kite 10 May 2009
© Ben Porter
Common Buzzard at Cristin  
10 May 2009 © Steven Stansfield 

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