Saturday, 21 April 2012

It was another beautiful, sunny day, and the island was once again teeming with migrants. The more notable birds amongst the hundreds of warblers included the first Whitethroat and Common Redstart of the year near Carreg Bach, a Tree Pipit in the Carreg Wetlands, 11 Grasshopper Warblers and two Sedge Warblers. The first large movement of hirundines this year also took place in the clear conditions, with 128 Swallows, ten Sand Martins and a House Martin recorded. 221 Willow Warblers were all over the island along with 80 Blackcaps and 26 Chiffchaffs, whilst 57 Wheatears were scattered around the coast. 22 Whimbrels included a flock of 16 on Pencristin, although a single Common Sandpiper was the only other non-passerine of note.

 Wheatears-almost all of the birds are now of the Greenland-race 
 Tree Pipit
 Whimbrels are beginning to arrive in larger numbers
Sand Martin

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