Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Yet another day of full-on migration saw the glorious weather continue. Warblers, wheatears and hirundines were noted passing through the island throughout the day, with the final tallies amounting to the following: 119 Swallows, 19 House Martins, 26 Sand Martins, one Tree Pipit, 71 Wheatears, eight Grasshopper Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, 90 Blackcaps, 53 Willow Warblers, 66 Chiffchaffs and six Goldcrests. In terms of scarce visitors, a Little Egret was seen in Henllwyn in the morning, a Black Guillemot was present in Traeth Ffynnon, and an interesting wagtail thought to be a Blue-headed Wagtail hung around with some 30 White Wagtails on Solfach.

This interesting flava wagtail was present on Solfach in the morning. Perhaps a 1st summer male Blue-headed Wagtail

White Wagtail

Many of the Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps are accumulating a lot of pollen on the feathers at the base of the bill. Many of the Blackcaps appear to be feeding on the nectar of the Damson blossom, and thus end up with yellow heads

Willow Warbler

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