Wednesday, 14 March 2012

The 14th was another migrant-filled day with a very nice selection of noteworthy birds, although the obvious highlight of the day came in the form of the year’s second 1st winter Glaucous Gull which flew along the West Side at midday. Inland, two Snow Buntings were on the mountain, three Black Redstarts were seen at Plas, a male Lapland Bunting was amongst the Meadow Pipits on the South end along with two Wheatears, and two Sand Martins flew over Pwll Cain. A Grey Plover was another new arrival, whilst singles of Snipe and Woodcock were flushed from the wetlands. Common passerine-migrant figures were once again high: a dizzying total of 714 Meadow Pipits carpeted the island with 88 Pied Wagtails scattered amongst them; three Blackbirds, seven Fieldfares, six Song Thrushes and three Redwings were in the gardens and gorse, along with 20 Chiffchaffs, 62 Goldcrests and 11 Stonechats; 76 Chaffinches, a Greenfinch, 12 Siskins and two Goldfinches flew overhead in the morning.

 Lapland Bunting
 A distant, grainy record shot of the Glaucous Gull-the 23rd island record
80 moths were trapped last night, including several Common Quakers (lower) and an Emmelina monodactyla (upper)

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