Saturday, 23 May 2015

It was a stunning day with glorious sunny conditions and very light winds. A busy changeover day saw all the houses on the island occupied with visitors, although there was still some time during the day to have a search around for some newly-arrived migrants. Good counts of common passerine migrants comprised two Swifts, two Skylarks, nine Sand Martins, 123 Swallows, 28 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, three Whinchats, a Fieldfare, 29 Sedge Warblers, 12 Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests, 25 Spotted Flycatchers (the highest count of the year), two Rooks and a Siskin.

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Landscapes of Cristin (top) and South End (below) (c) Steve Stansfield

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This Fieldfare was trapped and ringed at Cristin in the morning, and caused a bit of confusion due to the presence of a brood patch. This perhaps indicates an early failed breeder

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