Sunday, 14 April 2013

It started off as a pretty grim day, with gale force winds driving the pouring rain horizontal. However, a much brighter afternoon revealed a light scattering of migrants which sheltered in any vegetated areas. The first Tree Pipit of the year was seen in the New Plantation in the morning, whilst three Redwings, four Blackcaps, 15 Willow Warblers, 13 Chiffchaffs and eight Goldcrests were also seen. Five Swallows passed rather briskly Northward during the day, along with 91 Meadow Pipits. Singles of Kestrel, Jack Snipe and a Ringed Plover of the race C.h. psammadroma were also notable.

 Small numbers of Blackcaps were seen in the vegetated areas
 A Northern Ringed Plover (lower) joined the usual bird (upper) on the Narrows.
Three subspecies are generally recognised; hiaticula, psammadroma and tundrae. The UK’s breeding population is comprised of hiaticula, while the bulk of birds on passage are considered to be of psammadroma race. Tundrae are considered to be found further east – both in terms of Arctic breeding range and wintering sites in southwest Asia and eastern Africa.
 Several pairs of Shelducks are showing signs of nesting, with pairs seen around gorse patches inland
 A handful of Fulmars passed by out to sea, along with a few Gannets and Manx Shearwaters
 A few pairs of Choughs have been observed carrying nesting material towards their respective nesting sites
A pair of Ravens continue to fly back and forth from the East side with food for their young

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