Tuesday, 5 May 2015

A very mixed bag of weather today meant that in just 12 hours we experienced everything from flat calm winds and misty conditions, to howling south-westerly gales gusting over 45mph, accompanied by some of the heaviest rain storms of the year. There were also some very warm sunny periods in between! There was a good selection of new migrants on show, the highlights including the following: what appeared to be a Nightjar flying past Cristin in the early morning, before disappearing in the green lane; three Cuckoos scattered around, with a female trapped and ringed at Cristin, and two males at Nant; five Common Swifts over the southern end of the island and the first two Arctic Terns of the year over The Narrows.

In terms of the more common species, passerine figures stood at the following: 46 Swallows, one House Martin, seven White Wagtails, 38 Wheatears, 14 Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, one Garden Warbler, 15 Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and six Willow Warblers. Waders once again were a prominent feature due to a high tide forcing many onto a small area around The Narrows: two Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 25 Whimbrels, five Common Sandpipers and one Turstone were recorded.

one of the two male Cuckoos in Nant Valley

Ringed Plover


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