Sunday, 10 April 2011

Another migrant-filled day saw the lovely calm and sunny weather continuing. Despite the presence of anything rare on the island, a House Sparrow at Ty Pellaf and three Lapland Buntings on the south end were seen. Hirundines moved through during the day, as did finches and corvids: 123 Sand Martins, 50 Swallows, a House Martin, two Jackdaws, two Rooks, 28 Carrion Crows, 124 Linnets, two Siskins, 22 Redpolls, 24 Goldfinches and a couple Greenfinches were the totals. Warblers were scattered throughout the vegetated areas of the island, with some species reaching their highest numbers yet this year; in total: 22 Blackcaps, two Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler, thirteen Grasshopper Warblers, ninety Willow Warblers, fifteen Chiffchaffs and three Goldcrests were seen. A few more thrushes were also about, by far the highlight being five Ring Ouzels above the observatory; a Redwing and Song Thrush had also arrived. Four Redstarts were along the mountainside between Ty Pellaf and Cristin, and twenty two Wheatears were around the coast.

 The second House Sparrow of the year was in Ty Pellaf garden
 Five Ring Ouzels circled the Observatory before landing on the hillside above.
 Three Lapland Buntings were amongst the many Meadow Pipits that moved south.
 Common Redstart. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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