Sunday, 17 April 2011

After the clouds had cleared during the night, many migrants were on the island and moved through. Highlights of the day included a Golden Plover, two Bar tailed Godwits by Solfach, the first Lesser Whitethroats of the year, with five present at the observatory; two Lapland Buntings were also seen. Impressive totals of passerines were reached during the day: two Skylarks, thirty three Swallows, fifty one Sand Martins, a House Martins, 225 Meadow Pipits, a Tree Pipit, sixty one White Wagtails, seventy eight Wheatears, a Ring Ouzel, four Grasshopper Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, twenty three Blackcaps, thirteen Chiffchaffs, forty eight Willow Warblers, a Goldcrest, a Jackdaw, a Rook, a Hooded Crow, six Siskins, thirty three Goldfinches, eighty two Linnets, the first Common Redpoll of the year and twenty eight Lesser Redpolls. Waders and gulls were attracted to Solfach at high tide, most notable of which were twenty two Black headed Gulls, a Common Gull, nine Ring Plovers and two Dunlins.

 Bar-tailed Godwit (upper) and Dunlin (lower). (c) Ben Porter
 Lesser Whitethroats arrived in numbers today, five were present in Cristin garden alone. (c) Ben Porter
 A Hooded Crow hung around the lowland areas of the island. (c) Ben Porter
Willow Warblers (top) and Grasshopper Warblers (bottom) were again present. (c) Ben Porter
Lesser Whitethroat; one of two trapped and ringed (c) Steve Stansfield 

White Wagtails on Solfach including a colour-ringed bird  (c) Steve Stansfield 
Male Wheatear; several Greenland birds are now passing through  (c) Steve Stansfield
Willow Warbler  (c) Steve Stansfield

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