Saturday, 9 March 2013

In the morning, it was evident that the arrival of some heavy rain during the latter half of the night had forced a few passerines to make landfall on the island. Migrants noted during the morning included four Robins, 15 Song Thrushes, four Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, two Redwings, five Chiffchaffs and six Goldcrests. The first Wheatear of the year was found in Solfach midday, along with a Scandinavian Rock Pipit, whilst overhead, seven Skylarks, seven alba wagtails and at least 120 Meadow Pipits were seen. A Short-eared Owl (only the second of the year) was flushed near the Schoolhouse in the afternoon, and two Snipe were seen in the wetlands. The Firecrest remained at Nant, and the Black Redstart was still present in Traeth Ffynnon.

 The first Wheatear of the year was found feeding in Solfach. The earliest ever arrival date of this species on the island is the 6th of March
 This stunning male Black Redstart continued to feed around the banks of Traeth Ffynnon
 A steady increase in the number of Pied Wagtails has been noted in recent days- soon, we should be expecting the odd White Wagtail amongst them

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