Saturday, 18 April 2015

A day of contrasting conditions began with very strong and gusty easterly winds, which made for a pretty chilly start and thus few warblers making an appearance. The wind did, however, gradually drop in strength throughout the day, and allowed mist nets to be opened, and many smaller warbler species to emerge and move through.

It was another good day for Wheatear passage, with a total of 68 recorded around the coast and on the Mountain. A small amount of visible migration took place during the day, consisting of three Sand Martins, 57 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 30 White Wagtails, 10 alba Wagtails and 130 Meadow Pipits. A smart male Common Redstart appeared just above Plas, and was amongst a good number of passerine migrants in the vegetated areas: one Grasshopper Warbler, 79 Blackcaps, 51 Chiffchaffs, 38 Willow Warblers, six Goldcrests and a Lesser Redpoll. Elsewhere on the island, the year's first Bar-tailed Godwit was seen on the Narrows, along with six Whimbrels.

Bar-tailed Godwit

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