Thursday, 15 March 2012

Low cloud and some light drizzle in the early hours grounded good numbers of migrants on the island. Passerine-migrants seen in the island’s gardens, withies and coastal gorse early in the morning included six Stonechats, 11 Blackbirds, 28 Fieldfares, 12 Song Thrushes, 12 Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, three Robins, four Blackcaps, 61 Chiffchaffs and 103 Goldcrests. The male Lapland Bunting remained amongst the Meadow Pipits on the Narrows, whilst a different bird was present at the North End. The first White Wagtail of the year, seven Skylarks and two Reed Buntings were amongst an estimate of 632 Meadow Pipits and 71 Pied Wagtails all over the island; 10 Wheatears and a male Black Redstart were seen on the coast. In the late afternoon, a single Swallow flying over Henllwyn was an early arrival, whilst 15 Siskins were amongst the Chaffinches at Nant. The Grey Plover was again in Solfach with a single female Teal, three Golden Plovers, a Lapwing and four Dunlins were around the South end and Narrows. Inland, two Snipes and three Woodcocks were flushed from the wetlands and mountainside.

Two mist nets were erected in Cristin garden in the morning, and by the late afternoon over 50 birds had been trapped and ringed. The majority were Goldcrests, with slightly fewer Chiffchaffs and a single female Blackcap.

 Lapland Bunting
 Grey Plover
This Chiffchaff has a particularly pollen-encrusted bill. Several birds were observed feeding on the nectar from the buds on this apple tree (lower) 
Goldcrest-many birds arrived into the coastal gullies 

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