Wednesday, 13 April 2016
The sun cream came back out today as the terrific sunny spell continued making census and ringing most enjoyable. More migrants followed the good weather bringing us our first Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail of the year.
Excellent tallies were noted today such as 13 Sand Martins, 28 Swallows, seven House Martins, 20 Pied Wagtails, 28 White Wagtails, 37 Wheatears, 23 Blackcaps, 65 Chiffchaffs, 42 Willow Warblers, and 26 Goldcrests.
The Narrows is starting to attract more passage waders with each day as one Ringed Plover, five Whimbrels, one Common Sandpiper, and 12 Turnstones were seen today. Other migrants dotted around the island include three Buzzards, one Black-headed Gull, one Skylark, eight Siskins, 43 Goldfinches, three Lesser Redpolls and a surprise Blue Tit caught at Cristin.
It has been a good year for Buzzards so far, with multiple individuals present most days at the moment
Shags have been busy constructing their nests on the East Side, although none appear to be on eggs as yet. There have been plenty of arguments between pairs and neighbours!
Linnet - the males are just beginning to reveal their red flush to the breast, which will become brightly coloured in the coming month
Salticus scenicus - the Zebra Jumping Spider. The first one of the year was seen today at the North End