Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Although it started off as a very cold and extremely windy day, by the afternoon the winds had completely died away and temperatures were into double figures; hopefully the sort of conditions which will finally stimulate the movement and arrival of migrants.
In the sheltered and warm vegetated areas, good counts of 30 Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers, a Blackcap and 20 Goldcrests were recorded. Eight Wheatears were present around the coast, a couple of Song Thrushes were seen inland and two Skylarks and 42 Meadow Pipits were seen on the South end. The second Sandwich Tern of the year was seen feeding in Solfach in the afternoon, whilst a Water Rail was heard in the withies.

 The second Sandwich Tern of the year was seen briefly in Solfach in the afternoon (top). A few Fulmars also flew past at sea (bottom)
 Two Skylarks were present amongst a growing flock of over 40 Meadow Pipits on the South End
 Many of the Chiffchaffs at the moment are bearing 'pollen hornes' (upper)

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