Thursday, 22 August 2013

A good number of migrants were noted around the island on a more productive day today. A cream-crown Marsh Harrier, which flew South along the ridge in the early afternoon, was the highlight of the day, being on the second record of the year so far. A single Sparrowhawk and Kestrel was also recorded.
A total of five Tree Pipits were seen along the mountain between Pen Cristin and Nant, whilst 21 Willow Warblers and six Sedge Warblers were scattered throughout the vegetated areas, along with a slight increase in the number of Robins.
A passage of Swallows saw at least 160 birds passing through, whilst over 50 breeding adults and fledglings were present on the island. Five Sand Martins also moved through overhead.
On the wader front, a single Black-tailed Godwit flew South along the coast in the afternoon, whilst a single Whimbrel was seen in Henllwyn, and seven Ringed Plovers, four Snipe, a Dunlin and three Redshanks flew over during the day.

Two Sedge Warblers and seven Linnets were trapped in the oat field near Ty Capel in the afternoon
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The new Heligoland trap at the Observatory is now pretty much completed and has started catching a few Robins, Willow Warblers and Dunnocks. A massive thanks goes to those who helped with its construction

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