Monday, 13 April 2015
The day got off to a cracking start with the discovery of a Hoopoe on the mountainside between Cristin and Ty Pellaf. Unfortunately the bird proved flighty and elusive; evading everyone for the rest of the day (quite impressive for a bright orange and black and white bird!).
More goodies were still to be found around the island including three firsts for the year. A stunning summer-plumaged Black Guillemot fed close off the South End, a Firecrest was in the Plantation and a Reed Warbler skulked in the Wetlands. The latter being the earliest record for the island by two days. Also, the second Tree Pipit of the year flew around Nant in the morning.
Other species recorded during the day include one Grey Heron, one Kestrel, one Ringed Plover, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, two Curlews, one Sand Martin, 24 Swallows, nine White Wagtails, 26 Wheatears, one Song Thrush, one Grasshopper Warbler, nine Blackcaps, 27 Chiffchaffs, 28 Willow Warblers, five Goldcrests, 39 Goldfinches, and 258 Linnets.