Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fewer birds were around than yesterday, although the beautiful weather continued, albeit with a slightly chilly Northerly. Overhead passage consisted of nine Sand Martins, two Swallows, 130 Meadow Pipits, 22 Carrion Crows, five Chaffinches, two Greenfinches, two Siskins, 11 Goldfinches, and 30 Lesser Redpolls. Willow Warblers were up to 13 individuals, and nine Blackcaps were amongst similar numbers of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests as yesterday. A Black Redstart was near Cristin, the single Coal Tit was seen at Ty Pellaf, a Redwingand two Song Thrushes were in the withies and seven Wheatears were on the coast.

 The Merlin was observed to fail another attempt to catch a finch, only this time it was a migrant Goldfinch
 Stonechats have been showing signs of nest-building recently-this female seems to be carrying feathers of some kind
The moth traps continue to yield good numbers of moths: the first Red-green Carpet of the year was caught yesterday (lower), as were Small Quakers (middle) and plenty of Early Greys (upper)

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