Monday, 6 April 2015
The day started off with thick fog encompassing most of the island but by late afternoon the majority had dissipated, leaving just Nant in the gloom. Perhaps lost in the mist, the year’s first two Sandwich Terns were found fishing in Solfach.
A small clear-out of yesterday’s migrants occurred but high numbers could still be found at the Plantation including 24 Chiffchaffs, 11 Willow Warblers, 38 Goldcrests, and a lone Blackcap. A total of 12 Sand Martins, 33 Swallows, and three House Martins passed over the island whilst two Buzzards, one Kestrel, two Merlins, one Collared Dove, one Grey Wagtail, 18 Wheatears, three Snipes, one Fieldfare, one Song Thrush, three Redwings, one Starling, two Siskins, one Lesser Redpoll, and two Reed Buntings were also to be found. On the Narrows three Ringed Plover, one Whimbrel, four Curlews, six Redshanks, and one White Wagtail were recorded.
In addition, some of the resident Little Owls have been particularly active recently (no doubt securing territories and mates for the year). Singing birds can be watched at all hours of the day sitting on the walls and gorse bushes, even hunting off fence posts feet from observers.