Wednesday, 16 March 2011

The skies cleared during the night and the wind eased; temperatures also climbed to a balmy eleven during the afternoon sun. Another good day for birds saw more common migrants trickling through as well as a few scarcities. The best birds of the day were the seven Lapland Longspurs (Buntings)that continued to feed in the stubble fields by Ty Pellaf; two of these were caught and ringed in the late afternoon. Another individual was seen on the maritime heath in the afternoon along with a Skylark. Corvid passage in the morning saw the second Hooded Crow of the year amongst seventeen Carrion Crows, a Rook (new for the year) and three Ravens. A second Hooded Crow was seen on the west side during the afternoon. Twenty five Chiffchaffs were counted during the day, twenty of which were in the plantation and Nant area alone. Five Sand Martins and seven Wheatears made up the remainder of migrants seen around the island during the day. Other birds seen today included: a Grey Heron, a Dunlin, ninety six Meadow Pipits, twenty one Linnets and a Song Thrush.

 Hooded Crow
 A good mixture of males (above two) and females were in the Lapland Bunting flock
The plantation was alive with the sound of Chiffchaffs this afternoon.
 Wheatears continue to move through.
Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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