Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Torrential rain set in during the early hours and continued to pour down until late morning. Despite this, a good few birds were scattered around with the main highlights being: a Lapwing, a Golden Plover, a Dunlin, the first Mediterranean Gull of the year, a Sand Martin, three Wheatears and eight Lapland Buntings. The second winter Mediterranean Gull fed with a couple Black headed Gulls and twenty Herring Gulls on the narrows in the morning. A flock of seven Lapland Longspurs arrived in the afternoon and fed in the stubble fields below Ty Pellaf for the rest of the day; the one seen yesterday in the Meadow Pipit flock on the south end was again seen in the early morning. 226 Meadow Pipits were all over the island, with two Skylarks also amongst them. In total, seven Chiffchaffs were dotted around, with four of them appearing to have been attracted to the lighthouse along with 60 Starlings during the damp conditions in the night.

 A few Linnets also fed in the stubble fields with the longspurs
A Dunlin joined the usual three Ring Plovers in Solfach
Lapland Longspurs female above, male below (Buntings) (c) Seve Stansfield   

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