Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Another day of brisk Southerly winds and clear skies saw the continuation of a small movement of migrants through the island. Three Hooded Crows over Pencristin in the afternoon were the highlight of the day, whilst six Whimbrels around the Narrows were migrant birds.
Swallows continued to fly either North over the island towards the mainland or South along the island before presumably heading to Ireland; the day's total amounted to 22, and singles of Sand Martin and House Martin also passed through. In the sheltered areas of the island, 11 Blackcaps, 11 Chiffchaffs, 36 Willow Warblers and 15 Goldcrests were seen, whilst 18 Wheatears and five White Wagtails were seen around the coast.

 Whimbrel numbers are beginning to increase
 White Wagtail numbers are very low for this time of year, although, again, numbers are beginning to increase
 Only a handful of Wheatears were seen around the island, including a Greenland-race bird at Nant
Willow Warblers were finding plenty of food in the lee of the New Plantation

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