Friday, 13 April 2012

Despite what looked to be quite promising conditions for a slightly more numerous arrival of migrants (calm north-easterly winds and overcast skies), it was yet again a rather quiet day for mid-April, with only small numbers of migrants on the island. The day's non-passerine highlights included the year's first Canada Goose over the centre of the island, two Greylag Geese over the mountain and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull off the North end. Chiffchaffs made a bit of a comeback in terms of numbers, with 37 individuals recorded (only seven less than the day's Willow Warbler total); only four Sand Martins, 23 Swallows and two House Martins passed overhead, although 110 Meadow Pipits was a sizeable increase compared to recent days, as was 26 White Wagtails.

 Willow Warbler
 Canada Goose-there weren't any records of this species last year on the island, although they did breed on the near by Gwylanod islands 
Chaffinch chicks (c) Steven Stansfield

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