Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The wind swung round to the south during the night, and also pushed in a little drizzly weather, forcing many migrants to be grounded on the island. An attraction took place during the night at the lighthouse, with Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers all present in good numbers in the gorse. A lovely male Black Redstart was also around the compound, with a Song Thrush, a Blackbird, six Redwings and a Golden Plover also there. Yet more warblers were all over the rest of the island, carpeting the ground in most places: forty two Blackcaps, 136 Chiffchaffs, 234 Willow Warblers and eight Goldcrests were the end totals. A Lapland Bunting flew over Cristin, with the first Reed Bunting of the year seen over the withies. The male Hawfinch was again at Ty Pellaf; other finches present included: eighteen Chaffinches, a Brambling, three Greenfinches, twelve Goldfinches, seven Linnets, five Siskins and five Lesser Redpolls. Thirty eight Wheatears were scattered around the coast, with another Black Redstart on the rocks near Solfach. Only seventeen Sand Martins moved through during the day; five Swallows were also amongst them. As well as the few around the lighthouse compound, thrushes were also present around the rest of the island: twelve Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, twelve Redwings and a Mistle Thrush.

 Chiffchaffs (top) and Willow Warblers (bottom two) were seen in their highest numbers yet this year.
Black Redstart. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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