Saturday, 28 April 2012

A good number of common migrants and scarcities were seen on the island day, with the largest movement of birds being a minimum of 403 Wheatears moving through during the day. The first Black-tailed Godwit of the year over the Carreg wetlands, a Brent Goose on Pwll Cain, a stunning adult male Snow Bunting on the south end, three Swifts, a male Whinchat, a Whitethroat, a Tree Pipit, two Cuckoos, two Redstarts and a Ring Ouzel were the highlights of the day. A Grasshopper Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, 40 Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs, 84 Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest were seen predominantly on the mountainside, whilst a Sand Martin, 57 Swallows and a House Martins passed through. The usual selection of waders around the Narrows saw five tundra-race Ringed Plovers, four Dunlins, a Snipe, a Common Sandpiper and 45 Whimbrels.

 A Black-tailed Godwit flew over the central lowlands before heading southward. There was only one record of this species last year
 Two male Cuckoos and a female have been hanging around the mountain recently, and so hopefully they will breed
 'Tundrae' Ringed Plover- five of these smaller, darker-backed birds were present today
Stonechat-numbers have been up to at least eight pairs this year, with two of the pairs already hatching out three and two chicks respectively

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