Thursday, 16 May 2013

A glorious sunny and calm day saw a significant arrival of common migrants on the island, after many were brought down during a period of light drizzle in the night. Although nothing very scarce was seen during the day, a pretty good list of notable species recorded during the day included a Hooded Crow, a Common Redstart, two Whinchats, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Reed Warbler, four Garden Warblers and the first four Pied Flycatchers of the year.

A fantastic total of 132 Sedge Warblers was recorded during the day, and an impressive 60 of these were ringed. Other warbler numbers included an excellent 123 Common Whitethroats, 78 Blackcaps, 29 Chiffchaffs and 50 Willow Warblers. A total of 33 Spotted Flycatchers were also scattered all over the island.
Hirundine movements during the day amounted to 16 Sand Martins, 220 Swallows and 103 House Martins, whilst eight Swifts also passed through.

This rather stunning male Whinchat was seen and heard singing below Carreg in the late afternoon
 Spotted Flycatchers have featured well today, with over 33 seen
 Phylloscs such as this Willow Warbler have arrived in smaller numbers
 Meadow Pipit
A Bar-tailed Godwit was seen on Solfach at high tide

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