Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Light rain and low cloud enveloped the island during the early hours, and remained until late in the morning. This forced many migrants to make landfall on the island, resulting in some fantastic counts of common migrants. However, no new scarcities turned up during the day, but we're not complaining!

The Siberian Stonechat had, not surprisingly, decided to stay overnight, and was seen throughout the day in the Ty Pellaf Fields and Ty Pellaf Reed Bed. This super bird showed very well at times, often being present along side both Stonechat and Whinchats!

The ringed Wryneck was seen briefly along the walls in Nant Valley, and was later present in Ty Capel garden. The Common Rosefinch was also still on the island, in its usual position near Ty Capel. The Treecreeper from yesterday was also seen in the Plantation.

A large number of Meadow Pipits passing over the coast amounted to over 500 individuals, whilst a Grey Wagtail, 32 Pied Wagtails and 39 White Wagtails were also present amongst them.
A grand total of 62 Robins was recorded during the day, their dry 'ticking' call resonating all over the island. Over 50 Blackcaps were recorded inland, particularly in Cristin garden and Nant Valley.

The totals for all other passerine-migrants amounted to: three Whinchats, 27 Stonechats, 23 Wheatears, 30 Blackbirds, six Song Thrushes, five Grasshopper Warblers, a Reed Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, 14 Whitethroats, 39 Chiffchaffs, 27 Willow Warblers, 14 Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.
 Stonechat (left) Whinchat (Center) and Siberian Stonechat (right)
 What a nice rump
 Eastern meets Western Stonechat

 Siberian Stonechat
 Robins were all over the island today
 Willow Warbler
Migrant lepidoptera was also in great abundance today: many Silver Ys (above) were recorded, as well as the third Vestal of the year, and a Painted Lady

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