Sunday, 12 May 2013

Lighter winds made for a slightly more bird-filled day, although pouring rain for the majority of the day kept many birds in cover. A stunning Black Redstart was seen at the Lighthouse at the crack of dawn, and even broke into song once or twice, before moving on Northward. A movement of over 150 Goldfinches, 75 Lesser Redpolls, a probable Common Redpoll and 18 Siskins took place in the morning, and a good number of these were trapped in Cristin garden. The Reed Warbler also remained in Cristin garden. and a light scattering of other warblers saw 26 Sedge Warblers, six Blackcaps, seven Common Whitethroats, 16 Chiffchaffs and five Willow Warblers
At high tide, a total of 18 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, six Turnstones, three Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlin and three Ringed Plovers were present around The Narrows.

 Purple Sandpipers (top) are beginning to moult into summer plumage, and some of the Turnstones have already done so (bottom) 
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Over 35 birds were trapped during the day, including a few cracking male Siskins

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