Saturday, 9 April 2011

A good selection of birds were seen on what was the hottest day of the year so far. Warblers were present in good numbers: forty six Blackcaps, eleven Chiffchaffs, 180 Willow Warblers, two Grasshopper Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and the second Whitethroat of the year were seen. Hirundines and finches passed overhead throughout the day, with totals amounting to: fifty eight Sand Martins, sixteen Swallows, three House Martins, four Chaffinches, 134 Linnets, fifteen Goldfinches, nine Lesser Redpolls, four Siskins and a Greenfinch. 126 Meadow Pipits moved south during the day; a Lapland Bunting and three Tree Pipits were also among them in the morning. A Ring Ouzel was found above Cristin in the late morning, a Redstart was also here and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the greenlane. Corvid passage in the morning saw a Rook and two Jackdaws among thirty one Carrion Crows.

 Lesser Redpoll
 Yesterday's Whitethroat was the earliest ever record for the island.
 Grasshopper Warbler
A Brindled Ochre (top) and Brindled Pug were caught in the Cristin moth trap. Five Pyrausta Despicata (bottom) micro moths (whose usual flight seasons are from may to June and then again from July to August) made an early appearance on the island. 
Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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