Monday, 11 March 2013

10th to 11th March

A return to winter-like conditions saw winds gusting at 55 mph and temperatures of -12 degrees Celsius with wind chill, and so migrants were extremely thin on the ground on both days. Despite the Arctic conditions, a second Wheatear joined the male onto Solfach on the 10th, and both remained here on the 11th. On the morning of the 10th, a flock of gulls in Solfach amounted to singles of Common Gull and Black-headed Gull and 37 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including an intermedius). Two Skylarks and 57 Meadow Pipits were present around the island on the 10th, and a single Chiffchaff fed in the shelter of the Plantation.
The 11th was just as quiet bird-wise: five Ringed Plovers and a Common Gull were seen in Solfach in the morning, and a Merlin flew over the Narrows. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the Ty-pellaf Wetlands, and a Chiffchaff was heard near Cristin.

 Wheatears on Solfach. The strong winds frequently created small sand storms which the poor passerines feeding on Solfach had to endure (middle)
The pair of Ringed Plovers seem to becoming increasingly territorial on Solfach
Great Black-backed Gull

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