Monday, 12 April 2010

Early morning highlights included a Short-eared Owl being mobbed by crows in the lowlands and a Greylag Goose flying over the island. When the time reached a more sociable hour and more observers were in the field a reasonable selection of birds was found. A Black Guillemot in full summer plumage alighted on the sea near the north-west corner, a Yellowhammer flew high over the island, and a Ring Ouzel – the anticipated first of the spring – was found at Ty Capel. 20 Wheatears were counted around the coast, including the first birds of the Greenland subspecies to arrive this year. Mist-netting at Cristin produced another Common Redpoll, as well as a variety of other finches. A Lapwing was on the South End, two Rooks arrived with Carrion Crows, a Song Thrush and three Fieldfares were seen, two Snipe were in the marshy areas and a Collared Dove was singing at Cristin.

Lesser and Common Redpolls (c) Steven Stansfield

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