Wednesday, 6 March 2013

5th to 6th March

The 5th saw the return of Steve, Emma and Connor to the island, along with Mark Carter, the new assistant warden for the season, and Liz James to help with sorting the observatory out for what will hopefully be another fantastic season!
Bird-wise, it was a pretty disappointing day on the 5th, although both the Bullfinch and Firecrest remained at Nant. The 6th was a much better day, seeing the arrival of the year's first Chiffchaffs, with three seen from Cristin to Nant; a Yellowhammer at Nant and at least one Black Redstart were also additions to the year's list. Other new migrants included at least 80 Meadow Pipits, two Stonechats, six Blackbirds and two Song Thrushes, whilst a Jack Snipe, a Water Rail and a Sparrowhawk were noted in the withies. The Firecrest remained at Nant.

 The first Black Redstart of the year was this stunning male
 Two of the three Chiffchaffs bore pollen horns, a good indication that they are genuine migrants and not birds that have overwintered in the UK
 At least 8 Stonechats have arrived onto the island in the last week
 A single Starling was present on the 6th
One of the breeding Ringed Plovers (top) to compare to a Tundra Ringed Plover (bottom) on the 6th

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