Wednesday, 24 February 2016

A beautiful day with signs of some new arrivals. Covering the west side of the mountain from Nant at the north end, to the observatory garden and then further south to the farm Wrens were heard in good numbers singing from the gorse and the gardens of most of the houses. RobinsDunnocks and Blackbirds also were on good form and by the end of the day counts of these common species which have been low in recent weeks were in decent numbers. Five Ravens chased each other throughout the morning high over the mountain as a gang of six Carrion Cows moved below, two Little Owls called from the mountainside, two Linnets sang from higher up the mountain, a male Stonechat "chacked" noisily at the back of the observatory as a Blue Tit and Goldcrest flitted around the garden below. There was little different around the farm, but an increase of Pied Wagtails was noted, three now jumped between rooftops of the farm house and outbuildings.

Later on in the day temperatures had risen, with the heat from the sun feeling almost summer like! Superb views of two Common Buzzards as they spent thirty minutes or so gliding together low over the house at the north end, occasionally getting too close to each other prompting talons to be raised and a quick scrap ensued before resuming normal flight. Two Skylarks calling over the north end were another bonus and the first ones detected for quite some time. Small flocks of Starlings buzzed overhead heading north with a final count ending on a total of 88 individuals, some of which had a close shave with a Sparrowhawk standing in their way.  Another Pied Wagtail was seen at this end of the island bringing the total to four for the day. Two Goldcrests, a Woodpigeon and the usual Magpies and Carrion Crows were also seen.

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