Sunday, 13 March 2016

Fell-good weather today as the sun beamed down on the island. Calm conditions looking for cetaceans in the evening was rewarded with the first 16 Manx Shearwaters of the year rafting before darkness. The day’s census was fun and productive as usual with a good spring count of four Woodcock located between Nant and the Mountainside the highlight. A brief Short-eared Owl was flushed from gorse on the Mountain before disappearing over the ridge.

An arrival of 82 Goldcrests was the main talking point of the day with over 40 of these at Nant. Singles of Chiffchaff were present at Nant and Cristin but there was no further sign of any Wheatear. A big increase in Blackbirds resulted in 34 logged during the day alongside one Fieldfare, five Song Thrushes, 20 Redwings, five Jackdaws, 81 Starlings, one Greenfinch, and one Reed Bunting. A brace of Common Scoters were seen passing at sea, one Water Rail squealed at Nant, 20 Turnstones fed in Henllwyn; with overhead passage totalling two Skylarks, 380 Meadow Pipits, one Grey Wagtail, and 19 Pied Wagtails. The first Siskin, and four Goldfinches of the year were recorded at Cristin, as well as the first Small Tortoiseshell.

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