Friday, 17 April 2015
A more southerly airflow predominated through the day, bringing with it warmer temperatures and a low covering of cloud. It was yet another great day for migrants, with a steady movement of warblers, hirundines and chats noted all day long. Ringing took place at Cristin and Nant from about 0600 to 1000, and resulted in another 100+ ringing day total- something that has been a pretty regular occurrence in the last week. In terms of new and noteworthy sightings, two Stock Doves flew North over the Mountain in morning; and the first Whinchat of the year was seen alongside a male Common Redstart at Carreg Bach in the afternoon.
Common passerine migrant totals ‘on land’ amounted to the following: two Skylarks, 163 Meadow Pipits, Tree Pipits, 39 White Wagtails, 52 Greenland Wheatears, two Grasshopper Warblers, one Sedge Warbler, Whitethroats, 55 Blackcaps, 83 Willow Warblers, 60 Chiffchaffs, four Goldcrests, a Great Tit, one Greenfinch, five Lesser Redpolls, two Siskins and 17 Goldfinches. Hirundine passage was most pronounced in the afternoon, when a movement of southerly direction (breeding birds heading to Ireland?) consisted of 34 Sand Martins, six House Martins and 123 Swallows.
Willow Warblers have certainly been dominating migrant totals in the last few days- it's not often that we have an 800+ bird day for this species. The last time we had a larger day total than this was on 2 August 2011 when over 1000 were recorded