Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The last day of relatively calm weather was appreciated today as the first ‘proper’ migrants arrived in the fresh south-westerly breeze. The morning kicked off with a Snow Bunting seen flying along the west side, a few hours later the first Common Chiffchaff of the year was found amongst the Goldcrests in the plantation and was shortly followed by another in Plas Withy; a Goldcrest had also arrived and fed in the willows in Ty Pellaf Withy. In the afternoon, a female Wheatear was discovered on the narrows feeding with a couple Ring Plovers. Half an hour later, two pale bellied Brent Geese flew in from the east and circled the south tip a few times before heading north along the west side of the south end; another first for the year. Other birds present during the day included: a Common Gull that passed the south tip in the morning along with two Gannets, a Snipe in the wetlands, a Greenfinch at Ty Pellaf and two Siskins over the south end; a Woodcock was also seen the previous night by Carreg Bach.

A couple Chiffchaffs were seen today, their calls giving away their presence.
The first Northern Wheatear of the year.
A couple Brent Geese circled the south tip a few times before heading north in the afternoon. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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