Sunday, 17 April 2016

Mostly a gorgeous day to be outside today, though still particularly cool in the morning when a few brief showers passed over. A Tree Pipit heading south over the South End and a female Redstart on the East Side (of all places) were the picks of the bunch.

Late afternoon hirundine passage consisted of 14 Sand Martins, 43 Swallows, and four House Martins whilst wader counts totalled one Snipe, 13 Whimbrels (highest count of the year to date) and 14 Turnstones. A solitary Kestrel hunted the Lowlands and four Black-headed Gulls passed by off Pen Cristin. Passerine movement involved one Skylark, 60 Wheatears, 40 White Wagtails, 124 Meadow Pipits (many looking like Icelandic birds), one Song Thrush, 13 Blackcaps, ten Chiffchaffs, 13 Willow Warblers, ten Goldcrests, one Blue Tit, seven Rooks, five Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, and four Lesser Redpolls.

 MAny of our Rock Pipits are colour ringed - over 350 have been marked in the past six years

 a late afternoon arrival of Wheatears took place, with up to 40 on the South End alone
 Several Turnstones were in Henllwyn

Many of the passage Meadow Pipits are very clean looking at the moment suggesting they are birds moving through to Iceland

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