Friday, 29 March 2013

With the five-day forecast still showing no sign of the Easterly winds dying away, it is beginning to seem as if spring is not going to happen! With March almost over and not a single record of Blackcap, White Wagtail or Willow Warbler, it has been a very poor month indeed.
Today was no real exception: a Sandwich Tern passed the coast in the morning with six Common Scoters; the Black Redstart remained in Solfach, and three Wheatears were seen around the Narrows and Pencristin. Only 12 Goldcrests were present in the Plantation, along with nine Chiffchaffs and a Siskin. The two Buzzards remained, and singles of Merlin and Sparrowhawk were also recorded.

With the temperatures hovering around freezing, it was no surprise that many Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails had taken to Solfach in an attempt to find more insects than were on offer in the fields 
 Some of the Pied Wagtails were even resorting to picking insects off the surface of the sea, whilst hovering in mid-air
 Rock Pipit

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