Friday, 15 April 2011

Another day of glorious weather allowed many migrants to arrive and move through. As well as the first Garden Warbler and Whinchat of the year at the observatory and Carreg respectively, and the second Yellowhammer of the year at Ty Pellaf, good numbers of warblers and hirundines were also recorded, with totals amounting to: thirty six Swallows, twenty eight Sand Martins, nine House Martin, two Whitethroats, thirty eight Blackcaps, thirteen Grasshopper Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, 123 Willow Warblers and twenty three Chiffchaffs. A Hooded Crow and a Rook were among the Carrion Crows today, whilst three Ring Plovers and four Whimbrels were around the narrows. Sixty Wheatears were all over the island, especially in the ploughed fields; a few Greenland race Wheatears were also among them today. Three Lapland Buntings were feeding in the ploughed fields, and eighteen White Wagtails were also making use of the upturned soil; a Yellow Wagtail was seen later on by Nant Pond. Finches moved through in the morning too: three Greenfinches, fifty five Goldfinches, 168 Linnets (most of which were in the ploughed fields), a Siskin, six Redpolls and a few Chaffinches were seen.
Whinchat (c) Steve Stansfield
 Lapland Buntings. (c) Ben Porter
Wheatears (top) and Meadow Pipits (bottom) also appreciated the ploughed fields. 
(c) Ben Porter

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