Friday, 22 April 2011

The wind persisted to gust from the south east throughout the day, and cloudy patches of sky and drizzle was interspersed with hot sunny intervals. A good selection of birds were seen around, the highlight of which was a cream crown Marsh Harrier (second for the year) that flew over nant mid-morning, before headed off south over the lighthouse. Other scarcities included a Yellowhammer at Ty Pellaf, a Greylag Goose over the narrows, a Brambling at Cristin, the first Pied Flycatchers of the year at Cristin (two males were present), and the first Turtle Dove of the year by nant pond. Common migrant counts came to: twenty four Swallows, nineteen Sand Martins, two Yellow Wagtails (one of which was a smart Blue headed Wagtail of the race flava on the south end in the afternoon), seventy one Wheatears, a Common Redstart, eight Grasshopper Warblers, twenty Sedge Warblers, seven Whitethroats, fifteen Blackcaps, five Chiffchaffs and twenty eight Willow Warblers.
 Pied Flycatchers; having missed catching Pied Fly last year two stunners came along at once!
Willow Warbler numbers have probably peaked now,but there are still daily arrivals
 Marsh Harrier (c) Ben Porter
 A smart male flavissima Yellow Wagtail (top) was by Carreg Bach, and a 'Blue headed Wagtail' (bottom) was on the narrows. (c) Ben Porter
 Greylag Goose (c) Ben Porter
A Clouded Silver caught by the plantation was another addition to the island list. (c) Ben Porter

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