Tuesday, 19 March 2013

After a largely calm and clear night, heavy rain in the early hours grounded a good number of migrants on the island, which moved through during the daytime. A Black Redstart was seen in the lighthouse compound in the morning, where five Stonechats, five Robins, a Redwing and seven Song Thrushes were also seen. Ten Wheatears were present on the South end and the Narrows, and a total of 148 Meadow Pipits were scattered around in loose flocks, along with 17 Skylarks. 18 Chiffchaffs and 34 Goldcrests were seen largely in the Plantation during the day, although a few of these were present in the coastal gorse patches. Two Canada Geese circled the South end a few times in the morning, before heading off Eastwards, and a Lapwing was seen on the Narrows.

A pod of six Bottle-nosed Dolphins were seen off the west side of the South end in the morning, and two Porpoise were seen off the west side yesterday evening.

 The highest numbers of Chiffchaffs so far this year were experienced today
A few of the Song Thrushes on the South end looked to be continental birds (lower), with noticeably lighter grey backs than the British race.
An image of a Song Thrush in January to compare to the recent birds that have been seen- note the richer brown mantle and back
 Some of the Robins present near the lighthouse are also likely to be continental birds
 Wheatears were seen in higher numbers than recent days
 A flock of five Stonechats were present in the gorse on the South end
Because of the cold temperatures in recent weeks, it has been an appalling year so far for moths- in what seemed to be reasonable night for moth-trapping, only two Mottled Greys were trapped at Nant (above) 

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