Saturday, 16 March 2013

A much calmer day began with a torrential rain shower, although many more migrants had arrived on the island overnight. A small movement of corvids in the early hours saw the first Hooded Crow of the year fly south in the early morning with seven Carrion Crows and 13 Jackdaws; 150 Starlings also flew over the island. Nine Chiffchaffs represented the highest count of the year (eight of which were seen at Nant), and 15 Goldcrests was also a higher count than previous days. A total of 72 Meadow Pipits were scattered around the coast in loose flocks, whilst five Redwings and four Song Thrushes were seen in the lowlands. Two Jack Snipe were found in the wetlands, although despite many attempts with the drag-net, neither of the birds were trapped.

 The first Hooded Crow of the year flew south with a small flock of Carrion Crows in the early morning
 Ringed Plovers- the lower bird looks to be a tundra Ringed Plover, although has not been caught to find out when and where the bird was ringed
 Oystercatchers have dispersed from the winter flock of approximately 80 birds into their respective breeding sites around the coast
Only one wheatear has been present in recent days, although hopefully a few days of calmer easterlies may allow more migrants to arrive

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