Friday, 18 April 2014

It was another glorious sunny day on the island, with plenty of migrants moving through. It was certainly apparent, however, that a large clear-out of warblers had also taken place overnight. Migrant passage was dominated by Wheatears today, with the largest numbers of the year so far recorded around the coasts and fields inland: totals amounted to 108 Greenland Wheatears. Hirundine passage was also much more pronounced than previous days, with a steady passage of bird throughout the day amounting to 45 Sand Martins, 161 Swallows and seven House Martins. These figures are likely to be large underestimates, since this count was taken from a single hour period between 1230 to 1330. The star of the day had to go to the superb Turtle Dove, which remained shy around the Nant area, showing best in the early morning and late evening. A Continental Song Thrush was seen in Carreg Reed Bed, two Sandwich Terns resided in Solfach for the afternoon, and just a single Whimbrel was present in Solfach.

A continual stream of Swallows northward over the island took place throughout the day, in the calm and clear conditions. A single pair at Ty Pellaf has also been observed carrying nesting material into one of the barns, although it is a little worrying that there is just a single pair at that site at the moment 

The rather beautiful Turtle Dove remained shy for most of the day at Nant, although returned to the field near Ty Capel in the late evening. The bird seemed very content, feeding voraciously amongst the dried cow pats...

 Two Sandwich Terns spent the afternoon in Solfach
Rather belated news from yesterday afternoon, this Bateleur flew south over the island in the late afternoon...(!) (ok, ok, so its just a tail-less Buzzard...)

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