Saturday, 24 May 2014

A light east wind and cloud cover made for quite promising conditions today, although very heavy showers settled over the island from mid-afternoon. A good scattering of new arrivals was noted in the vegetated areas, and amounted to: 10 Sedge Warblers, 10 Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, five Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs, 18 Willow Warblers, 18 Spotted Flycatchers and one Pied Flycatcher. A very smart summer plumage Grey Plover (just the second of the year) was seen feeding amongst the thrift and squill on the South End, where a reasonable movement of 61 Manx Shearwaters, 57 Gannets and 377 Razorbills was also noted. Overhead, House Martins and Swallows dominated the northward passage of birds over the island, with 40 and 94 recorded respectively; one Swift was also seen.

Some Pied Wagtail pairs have already fledged their first broods, and are onto incubating their second batch. Others are just starting to feed their newly-hatched chicks, such as this pair at Ty Pellaf. They are certainly finding plenty of food! 
Linnets, Goldfinches and Chaffinches (above) have all fledged young in the last few days, so we will have to prepare our auditory senses for all manner of peculiar calls and noises that can be the source of much frustration. From Dunnock chicks that sound like Tree Pipits, to the newly-fledged Goldfinches that enjoy producing very similar vocalisations to Little Buntings

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