Monday, 20 April 2015
There were somewhat lower numbers of migrants on the island today, but it was nevertheless a very pleasant and productive day. Hirundine passage was certainly more pronounced than the 19th, with birds heading into the fresh northerly wind throughout the day: 150 Swallows, 40 Sand Martins and 10 House Martins were recorded. Wheatears featured well once again, although the day's total of 43 is less than the 19th. A slow movement of warbler species through the island was perceptible, especially with the aid of ringing activities at Cristin (70 birds were ringed in the morning). Totals for warbler amounted to 59 Blackcaps, 38 Willow Warblers, 33 Chiffchaffs and one Goldcrest. In terms of scarce visitors and unusual sightings, a Little Egret was again seen in Henllwyn in the morning; a Great Tit over the South End was an intriguing record; and a Ring Ouzel gave brief views at Cristin. Wader numbers are very gradually increasing, with 13 Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, three Ringed Plovers, three Whimbrels, three Redshanks and a Common Sandpiper recorded around The Narrows today. Two Sandwich Terns flew South out to sea.