Monday, 4 April 2016
Surely one of the best days weather and bird-wise this year. An idyllic island at its best. The first Grasshopper Warbler was heard in the morning reeling away at Ty Nesaf. An early record, being only three days later than the earliest ever arrival date, though last year this species arrived on the 3rd.
Maximum coverage of the island coupled with ringing produce some excellent counts including exciting migrant totals of 22 Sand Martins, 22 Swallows, one House Martin, three White Wagtails, 58 Wheatears, 20 Blackcaps, 31 Chiffchaffs, 111 Willow Warblers, and 27 Goldcrests. A bit of corvid passage consisted of two Rooks and 38 Carrion Crows, whilst waders were represented by 166 Oystercatchers, five Purple Sandpipers, one Dunlin, one Whimbrel, one Curlew, nine Redshanks, and nine Turnstones.
Our regular Sparrowhawk pair were joined by two others today ensuring a bit of feisty territorial fighting while the best of the rest included one Skylark, 127 Meadow Pipits, one Greenfinch, seven Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, one Reed Bunting, eight Common Scoter and three Puffins. Not-forgetting the first Slow Worm of the year was seen sunbathing at Cristin as well.
this smart Oak Beauty was trapped in Ty Capel garden overnight, and is only the second record of this species on the island. The last (and only) record was of another male attracted to the lighthouse in April 2014
A small colony of this mining bee species Andrena bicolor was discovered above Plas in the afternoon, with a handful of small holes in a moist earth bank
Blackcaps were present in good numbers