Monday, 14 April 2014

A rather glorious spring day saw clear skies and a nagging northerly wind persisting for the third consecutive day on the island; however, the passage of most migrants were very slight, with hirundines being the most numerous passing birds. Similar totals to yesterday saw 132 Swallows, eight Sand Martins and five House Martins logged in the space of an hour or so, although this sustained movement throughout the day would have amounted to a figure closer to 500 or more had observers been in the field for most of the day. The morning census revealed some four White Wagtails and five Wheatears around the coast; six Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, eight Willow Warblers and six Goldcrests in the gardens; and two Lesser Redpolls overhead.

A handful of Goldcrests arrived on the island overnight- some were seen moving through rapidly, whilst others spent a little time feeding frantically around (and on) the Damson flowers in Cristin Garden
Did you know? Goldcrest's scientific name, Regulus regulus, is Latin for Prince or Kinglet, referring to the golden crowns possessed by most members of the family Regulidae. 
 Blackcaps continue to move through in small numbers, many feeding on the nectar of the Damson and Apple Blossoms
The non-breeding flock of Oystercatchers in Henllwyn has diminished to virtually none at all, with most birds  having dispersed around the coast to their respective breeding territories.

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