Monday, 23 April 2012

Although decent numbers of migrants remained on the island, it was a rather uneventful day with few noteworthy sightings. The first Bar-tailed Godwit since early Spring flew over the Narrows in the afternoon, along with 35 Whimbrels that were scattered around the coast and a Snipe in the wetlands. A Sedge Warbler and at least five Grasshopper Warblers were heard singing in the early hours; a Collared Dove was seen in Cristin Withy and then later on in Ty Pellaf, and two Tree Pipits were seen on Pencristin and the Narrows. Counts of passerine-migrants were a little higher than yesterday, with the totals amounting to 29 Swallows, a House Martin, 50 Wheatears, 40 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 50 Willow Warblers and three Goldcrests.

 Flocks of Linnets are all over the island at the moment
 Collared Dove
 Whimbrels continue to feed around the coast in the fields
The Bar-tailed Godwit was a stunning bird that was almost in complete summer plumage

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