Sunday, 5 April 2015

Today’s lovely weather, combined with the first real avian passage of the year, made for a great day to be in the field. Counts of 51 Chiffchaffs and 120 Goldcrests were made across the island, though most were recorded from Cristin and Nant. The first two Willow Warblers of the year sang in the Withies and in the Plantation whilst other interesting migrants include two Blackcaps, three Collared Doves, six Skylarks, one Sand Martin, four Swallows, two House Martins, 270 Meadow Pipits, 47 Pied Wagtails, nine White Wagtails, 30 Wheatears, one Fieldfare, one Redwing, one Rook, and two Jackdaws. Waders were well represented with three Ringed Plovers, one Purple Sandpiper, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, five Curlews, seven Redshanks, and three Turnstones. In addition, 31 Chaffinches, 17 Goldfinches, five Lesser Redpolls, two Reed Buntings, and two Starlings flew over, plus yesterday’s two Merlins still terrorised the Meadow Pipit and Linnet flocks, the Hooded Crow continued its residence on the Narrows, and a count of 16 Shelducks in Solfach was the highest this year.

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