Monday, 2 May 2011

The first Wood Warblers since the seventeenth of May 2009 were by far the highlight of another migrant-filled day. Two were found in Cristin garden in the morning, and remained in the damson bushes for the rest of the day. A good selection of warblers and small passerines were scattered throughout the island’s vegetated areas: a Tree Pipit, two Whinchats, two Grasshopper Warblers, fourteen Sedge Warblers, six Blackcaps, two Garden Warblers, seventeen Whitethroats, three Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, three Chiffchaffs, thirty six Willow Warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher were all seen. A Cuckoo was singing at Nant, a Swift flew over Pencristin, and hirundine passage amounted to: 262 Swallows, seven House Martins and five Sand Martins. The leucistic Whimbrel and two Bar-tailed Godwits were again with the flock of Whimbrels on the south end, today consisting of forty six individuals. Other waders around included: eight Ring Plovers, four, eight Dunlins, two Turnstones, a Sanderling, two Common Sandpipers and two Curlews. Thrushes around included a Ring Ouzel above Cristin, a Song Thrush and a Redwing.

 Pied Flycatcher (c) Ben Porter
Orange Tip Butterfly (c) Ben  Porter

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