Sunday, 10 April 2016
Breezy cold winds picked up again but a few hardy summer migrants still made landfall. New birds in included 15 Swallows, two Collared Doves, 100 Meadow Pipits, one Grey Wagtail, 19 Pied Wagtails, two White Wagtails, 11 Wheatears, three Blackcaps, 42 Chiffchaffs, 17 Willow Warblers, 18 Goldcrests, eight Siskins, 31 Goldfinches, 135 Linnets, two Lesser Redpolls.
Wheatear passage so far has produced mainly nominate race birds like this singing and displaying male on the Narrows
The Narrows had a single Ringed Plover, only the second this year, 13 Purple Sandpipers, one Whimbrel, six Redshanks, and 21 Turnstones whilst sea-watching provided counts of one Red-throated Diver, ten Fulmars, eight Cormorants, 36 Guillemots, 198 Razorbills, and three Puffins. The first Mallard ducklings of the year were seen on Pwll Cain, no doubt hiding from the three Sparrowhawks, three Buzzards, and one Merlin hunting the Lowlands.
Merlin, a rather approachable individual
The first Slow Worms of the year have been basking at Cristin in the past week.