Friday, 26 April 2013

A bright, sunny day with brisk Northerly winds saw very few noteworthy species on the island. A small number of common passerine-migrants were recorded on the island during the day, including a Redstart, 54 Wheatears and seven White Wagtails around the coast; five Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, 17 Blackcaps, 83 Willow Warblers, 25 Chiffchaffs, five Goldcrests and a Coal Tit in the island's gardens and withies; and three Sand Martins, 29 House Martins and 100 Swallows overhead.
Finch numbers remained high, with many making use of the island's feeders. Totals were estimated at 120 Goldfinches, 13 Lesser Redpolls and eight Siskins.

 There have been plenty of finches feeding in the island's gardens at the moment: Lesser Redpolls (top two), Goldfinch (middle) and Siskin (lower)
 Whitethroat numbers remain very low indeed
 Willow Warblers continue to move through in reasonable numbers 
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Another Sedge Warbler baring a French ring was controlled at Cristin mid-morning
A handful of Dark Sword-grass have been taken from the moth trap at Cristin in the last few days, although there have been very few other moths

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