Tuesday, 22 March 2016
After waiting almost 15 years for a spring record of Long-tailed Tit along came another in just a week with a pair seen at Cristin in the morning. Sea-watching wasn't the most productive in calm conditions today but the first two Puffins of the year did liven things up, along with two Teals and five Common Scoters.
Low cloud cover seem to ground a few thrushes once again as 23 Blackbirds, four Fieldfares, and 53 Redwings were recorded. The 274 Meadow Pipits is quite a bit up on recent counts whilst two Wheatears, five Chiffchaffs, 28 Goldcrests, four Starlings, one Siskin, and one Reed Bunting were also seen. The remains of a fresh Woodcock were discovered at Nant, no doubt Sparrowhawk fodder, and other waders recorded today include one Dunlin, two Snipes, three Curlews, eight Redshanks, and four Turnstones.
The semi-resident pair of Buzzards continue to hunt mostly around the Mountainside, as does the female-type Merlin, on the South End. A single Water Rail was heard at Nant in the morning while a count of 360 Herring Gulls mostly around the South End and The Narrows is of note.