Sunday, 9 March 2014

March 7th

After a night's deluge, it was a largely pleasant and sunny day on the island. Two Goldcrests, 12 Robins, four Stonechats and 14 Linnets were amongst the more interesting passerines inland. Towards the coast, two Red-throated Divers, 62 Guillemots and 32 Kittiwakes flew past out to sea.

 The usual flock of Rock Pipits on The Narrows has greatly reduced in numbers recently, with many of the island's breeding birds dispersing to their various territiories
Similarly, Oystercatchers have started separating into their respective pairs, lining up along the coastline near their prospective nest sites

March 8th 

A day of brisk southerly winds saw a scattering of passerines around the island, some of which are probably new arrivals. A total of 64 Meadow Pipits included a single flock of 32 on the south end; 19 Starlings flew south over the narrows, and 18 Linnets were seen near Ty Pellaf. The Hooded Crow remained on The Narrows.

In other news, one of the moth traps was set up in Ty Capel garden overnight, with the anticipation of a few emerging in the coming week's settled weather. The first Hebrew Character and Red Chestnut of the year were trapped overnight on the 8th, with a Pale Pinion and Dark Sword-grass taken from the trap on the morning of the 9th:

 Hebrew Character
 Dark Sword-grass- a an indication that migrants are moving
A very fresh Red Chestnut

March 9th

Right on cue with the settled weather, the first 'proper' migrants of 2014 trickled onto the island during a very pleasant day. The first Chiffchaff of the year was heard singing in Cristin garden in the morning, which was followed by three more by the end of the day. A Black Redstart arrived at Ty Pellaf in the afternoon, whilst a good supporting cast of passerine migrants incldued 122 Meadow Pipits scattered around the coast, 21 Goldcrests, two Redwings, four Song Thrushes, seven Stonechats, a Reed Bunting and two Siskins. Two Red-throated Divers flew past out to sea, and the Hooded Crow remained on The Narrows.

 Goldcrests were scattered all over the island, from the gorse bushes on Pen Cristin to the pine trees in The Plantation. 
 It felt very spring like when one of the Chiffchaffs started singing away in Cristin back garden
A small increase in the number of chats on the island was also apparent: a few Robins were seen along the coast, with around three Stonechats also arriving

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