Thursday, 14 April 2011

The wind finally dropped today, and some low cloud persisted throughout the morning. Many more migrants than previous days were seen, with totals amounting to: twenty eight Swallows, seven Sand Martins, twenty eight Wheatears, nine Blackcaps, three Grasshopper Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, sixty eight Willow Warblers and seven Chiffchaffs. By far the best birds of the day came in the form of two Gadwalls that fed in Henllwyn for around five minutes before heading back to the mainland. This is only the eighth or ninth record for the island, making it the rarest bird seen this year in island terms. A Dunlin was with two Ring Plovers in Solfach, and a Whimbrel was around the coast.

 Gadwall. (c) Ben Porter
Blackcap. (c) Ben Porter

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