Thursday, 19 March 2015

Its been a great couple of days on the island, with plenty of migrants arriving and moving through. The weather has remained very settled and extremely pleasant, with a light north-east wind accompanying clear blue skies- the weather is certainly making it feel like spring, and is encouraging a more noticeable movement of migrants than the conditions last week.

The first Sand Martin of the year was perhaps the highlight of the 18th, although the following day a total of three were recorded flying North over the island. Other visible migration on the 18th included three Skylarks, 265 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, a Jackdaw and a Reed Bunting. On the 19th, there was a reduced movement of migrants overhead, but there were sightings of two Greenfinches, the year's first House Sparrow and two Fieldfares. One of the main points of interest during this period was that of the chat and thrush movement: the 18th saw excellent figures of 18 Robins, 20 Stonechats, 25 Wheatears and two Song Thrushes; these figures decreased somewhat on the 19th to just seven Robins, 13 Stonechats, 15 Wheatears, a Black Redstart, four Song Thrushes and a Redwing. Warblers started arriving in earnest during this period too, with 21 Chiffchaffs and 30 Goldcrests on the 18th, decreasing to 10 and 12 respectively the following day. The first Dunlin of the year was seen in Solfach on the 18th, and two Common Snipe on this date had increased to three on the 19th, along with four Jack Snipe (one of which was trapped and ringed). Raptors have been represented by a single Kestrel on the 18th and 19th, a Buzzard on the 18th, and the usual Sparrowhawks lurking around.

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This smart male House Sparrow was trapped at Cristin on the 19th- the first of the year and still a rare bird on the island

The first few Goldcrests of the year have been trapped and ringed in the last few days


There are some stunning male Wheatears around the coast at the moment, and numbers continue to build: a count of 25 on the 18th was the peak movement. There are very few females amongst the arrivals as yet

Stonechats moved through in excellent numbers on the 18th, with a single flock of seven seen on the Narrows! A total of 20 were seen on the island on the 18th


Goldcrests have been arriving in small numbers, although we should expect to see higher figures than this at the time of year

1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous shots of the Goldcrest and good to know the Sand Martins have arrived