Tuesday, 28 February 2012

26th to 28th February

Once again a lovely day, with a slight southerly wind and mild temperatures, continued to bring migrants to the island’s shores on the 26th. In the morning, the first Chiffchaff of the year (10 days later than the earliest ever record in 2002) was found in the lighthouse garden along with two Goldcrests and a Snipe. Two more Goldcrests were seen at Nant, five Pied Wagtails were scattered all over the island and a single Siskin flew overhead with 32 Linnets. A few raptors also arrived during the day, including a male Sparrowhawk joining the wintering female, and a Merlin on the North End. The 27th was quite a bit quieter on the bird front, with the most noteworthy sightings coming in the form of two Teals in Plas Withy, three Ringed Plovers in Solfach and the two Goldcrests in the Plantation. Some low cloud and drizzle overnight on the 28th grounded a few birds, including seven Goldcrests, three Redwings and two Song Thrushes. Two Dunlins and seven Ringed Plovers around the Narrows were also new arrivals, whilst the male Sparrowhawk and the Merlin were seen around the coast.

Merlin and Sparrowhawk


  1. Especially the first. Might keep it for 'wallpaper'. Keep it up Ben.