Monday, 28 March 2016

Breezy conditions predominated again with intermittent spells of rain, as has become the norm for this past week. Even still the island continues to impress with stunning seascapes and rolling waves. Taking each wave as it came off the North End was a first winter Mediterranean Gull, the first recorded in 2016. A new Firecrest was discovered lurking at Cristin and two White Wagtails graced The Narrows briefly in the morning.

A slight increase on the passerine front saw 144 Meadow Pipits, three Wheatears, 18 Chiffchaffs, and 18 Goldcrests logged around the island. Small finch passage overhead consisted of one Greenfinch, five Siskins, and 12 Goldfinches with 21 Gannets, two Buzzards, one Merlin, two Snipes, 11 Redshanks, 11 Turnstones, two Rooks, and one Starling also recorded.

Wheatears have arrived on the island in the last week, with small numbers present around the coast daily at the moment. Almost all of the birds have been males so far - they tend to arrive earlier than females to establish a territory prior to pairing up and breeding

Chiffchaff numbers haven't really 'taken off' yet, with the breezy conditions preventing any large arrivals from taking place. Small numbers have been feeding in the shelter of the gardens and withies

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