Thursday, 2 May 2013

Yet another beautiful day saw the continued arrival of a small number of migrants onto the island. The highlights of today's arrivals included the first Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and three Spotted Flycatchers of the year, a male Yellow Wagtail on The Narrows, a male Common Redstart at Nant, a Black Redstart on the west side and seven Eiders in Solfach.

On the rest of the bird front, a good count of 87 Wheatears was recorded around the coasts, whilst numbers of other passerine-migrants further inland amounted to: a Song Thrush, five Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats, 18 Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, 38 Willow Warblers, 81 Goldfinches and 30 Redpolls.
Two of the Redpolls were good candidates for Mealy Redpoll.

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This Lesser Whitethroat was trapped at Cristin mid-morning (c) Steve Stansfield
 Spotted Flycatcher- two were seen around the Plantation during the day
 Northern Wheatear (top) and Greenland-race (lower)
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Chiffchaff (upper bird) with Willow Warbler (lower bird)- note the longer primary projection on the Willow Warbler (c) Steve Stansfield
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Seven Redpolls were trapped at Cristin, including three cracking males (c) Steve Stansfield


  1. Some interesting birds there Ben, I have a sneaky feeling during the summer I shall be coming back to this post just to have another look at the Willow Warb' and Chiff-Chaff comparison, very helpful.

  2. Thanks Douglas. It is one of the easiest ways to do them in the field, although plumage differences are quite obvious at this time of year too.