Monday, 2 April 2012

A cloudy day with very little wind saw the first good Willow Warbler arrival of the year, as well as decent numbers of other migrants passing through the island in the day. The first Sedge Warbler of the year (earliest record for the island by 5 days) was heard in Plas Withy later on in the day, whilst 34 Blackcaps, 55 Chiffchaffs, 120 Willow Warblers and 12 Goldcrests were scattered all over the vegetated areas. Two Redwings and three Song Thrushes were seen in the gardens, two Golden Plovers flew over the South end and seven Wheatears were scattered along the coast with 214 Meadow Pipits and a single Swallow.

90 new birds were ringed in the Observatory garden during the day, which included some 32 Willow Warblers, 27 Chiffchaffs, 19 Blackcaps and six Goldfinches.

 Willow Warblers were the more numerous of the phylloscs seen today, with the ratio of Willow Warblers to Chiffchaffs being almost 3:1

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