Friday, 2 March 2012

29th February to 2nd March

February finished on a quiet note, the most noteworthy sightings on the 29th being seven Goldcrests, a Sparrowhawk and Merlin, four Ringed Plovers and a Snipe. March started on a pretty quiet note too, with low cloud sitting over the island throughout the day. Three Goldcrests and six Woodpigeons were seen at Nant, whilst the number of seabirds on the east side reached quite a high number, with totals amouting to: 41 Fulmars, 400 Herring Gulls, 38 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 200 Guillemots and 370 Razorbills. A single Gannet flew through the sound. A very calm south-easterly wind and clear blue skies on the 2nd continued to bring migants to the island. The most notable bird of the day came in the form of the first Lapland Bunting of the year that was seen amongst a flock of 41 Meadow Pipits on the South end late in the afternoon. In the morning, 173 Starlings and a couple of Stonechats were in the gorse on the South End, whilst other passerine-migrants all over the island included four Skylarks, two Song Thrushes, 12 Blackbirds, two Redwings, 19 Goldcrests, a Siskin, a Greenfinch and a Reed Bunting (first for the year). A Little Owl and a Buzzard were seen along the mountainside,and a pair of Teals and Black-headed Gulls were seen around the Narrows.

Moth-wise, two Agonopterix umbellana were found dead in a small pool near the Schoolhouse on the 29th, whilst small numbers of Mottled Greys were attracted to the moth trap in Ty Capel garden on each day.

 Lapland Bunting-another addition to the year list
 Goldcrest-numbers are steadily increasing
 Ringed Plover

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