Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Another excellent day with bright sunshine, a cool sea breeze, and plenty of birds. Migrants had obviously arrived en masse with the main talking points being the Phylloscopus warblers and Ring Ouzels. A whopping 350 Willow Warblers and 75 Chiffchaffs were recorded from the mountain top to the south tip, and even feeding amongst seaweed on the beaches. Following the two yesterday, Ring Ouzels had shot up to 15 birds; an excellent spring passage compared to last year. They were mostly seen in flocks along the mountainside though birds were also recorded in the Wetlands and singing at Nant.
More new birds for the year continued to be found comprising a Brambling at Cristin, a Common Redpoll at Ty Capel, and a brief Hen Harrier on the East Side. Also, a pair of Bullfinches found at Ty Pellaf in the morning were later caught in the mist nets at Cristin.
In addition to the above a total of 13 Fulmars, one Grey Heron, 15 Common Scoters, one Buzzard, one Kestrel, one Merlin, two Curlews, one Redshank, 21 Sand Martins, 35 Swallows, two House Martins, 258 Meadow Pipits, 31 Pied Wagtails, five White Wagtails, 37 Wheatears, two Fieldfares, two Song Thrushes, three Redwings, 24 Blackcaps, 21 Goldcrests, three Rooks, one Starling, one Greenfinch, two Siskins, 25 Goldfinches, 216 Linnets, and eight Lesser Redpolls were to be found across the island.