Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Yet another quiet day saw very little in the way of notable species on the island, with small numbers of common migrants dominating on the bird-front.
Two Merlins and a Kestrel were seen at the North End of the island in the morning, and eight Whimbrels were present around the Narrows.
A Black Redstart was seen in the afternoon, which is the first for sometime.
Over 100 Goldfinches were seen moving during the morning, along with four Siskins and a pale Lesser Redpoll. Phyllosc numbers were up slightly, with 45 Willow Warblers and 26 Chiffchaffs recorded, whilst two Grasshopper Warblers were heard and eight Blackcaps were also present. A total of 20 Swallows, four Sand Martins and a single House Martin were the only hirundines noted, whilst 23 Greenland-race Wheatears were noted around the coast.

Apologies for the lack of diversity in terms of pictures of different species in recent days, but there just aren't any around!

 Greenland-race Wheatear
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Finch passage was again noted this morning, and three Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll were trapped at Cristin (amongst other birds)

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