Thursday, 2 April 2015
It was the first day for some time without a howling gale, and some low cloud and light rain in the early morning also gave a rather promising feel to the day. The first two Swallows of the year flew north during the day, along with 12 Sand Martins, whilst 214 Meadow Pipits, a White Wagtail, nine Wheatears, four Fieldfares, a Song Thrush, two Chiffchaffs, 15 Goldcrests, a Jackdaw, two Rooks and two Reed Buntings were recorded elsewhere. A flock of four Canada Geese were seen on the rocks in Henllwyn in the morning before flying northward a little while later; sea watching was relatively productive during the day, with one Red-throated Diver and two Great Northern Divers seen passing by; two Merlins were present on the West Coast, and the first Grey Heron of the year took up residence on Pwll Cain.
Wheatear numbers in the next week should rise significantly as the weather improves and the wind swings to the south-east.