Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The island was crawling with migrants today, as the fantastic calm spell of weather continues. The slightly more notable sightings of the day included a male Wigeon in Solfach, a Golden Plover over the South end, a Grey Wagtail flying over Nant (first of the year), seven Sand Martins around Pwll Cain (another year tick), two Black Redstarts, a Yellowhammer (first for the year), a Snow Bunting on the mountain and two Reed Buntings in the wetlands. Migrant-numbers were the highest yet this year, with totals of passerines amounting to: seven Skylarks, 461 Meadow Pipits, 13 Stonechats, 11 Fieldfares, two Song Thrushes, a Redwing, 20 Chiffchaffs, 200 Goldcrests, 1 Greenfinch, 13 Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll. The first few returning Manx Shearwaters were heard during the night too.

17 Harbour Porpoises were seen off the North End of the island in the afternoon.

 Yellowhammer-a rather tame individual
 Male Black Redstart

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pics of the Yellowhammer & the Goldcrest on the gorse is super, Linda