Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Another glorious sunny day still saw very low numbers of migrants on the island, despite the calmer weather. A total of six Blackcaps and nine Chiffchaffs were seen in the island’s gardens, whilst two Song Thrushes and a Redwing were also present here. A small movement of passerines in the morning saw 54 Meadow Pipits, a Goldfinch and eight Jackdaws flying over the South End; ten Wheatears were scattered along the coast. A Woodcock was trapped in the Heligoland trap at the Observatory mid-morning, and a Water Rail was heard in The Withies.

 This superb Woodcock was amazingly caught in the Heligoland trap in Cristin garden mid-morning. Woodcocks are incredible birds, with protuberant eyes situated on the sides of the head; this gives the bird almost 360 degree all-round vision (lower image taken from behind the bird)
Blackcap numbers increased to six birds

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