Friday, 20 April 2012

The brisk Northerly wind finally abated during the night, and after one or two heavy showers in the early hours, it became apparent that a decent fall of migrants had occurred. Although the diversity was a little limited, the numbers of many species were the highest yet this year, with totals numbering at 46 Wheatears (largely greenland birds), 28 Grasshopper Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, 160 Blackcaps, 33 Chiffchaffs and 183 Willow Warblers. Two ringtail Hen Harriers over the mountain ridge midday were the first of the year, a Fieldfare flew over Cristin, and 41 Swallows and a Sand Martin also passed through.

 Grasshopper Warbler-the first three of this species were trapped today
 Blackcaps and Willow Warblers were everywhere, with birds feeding out in the fields and on the rocks around the coast
A 'record shot' of the Hen Harrier

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