Tuesday, 12 April 2016

What a difference a day makes? Overnight the weather changed dramatically from yesterday's monsoon conditions to today's blissful sunshine. The terrific weather also brought with it another wave of spring migrants, mostly warblers. Some five Grasshopper Warblers, 95 Blackcaps, 141 Chiffchaffs, 86 Willow Warblers, and 36 Goldcrests were recorded during the day.

A flyover Yellowhammer was a rare treat, while the first Hooded Crow of the year was on The Narrows, and a Mistle Thrush lurked at Nant.

The first three migrant Whimbrels of the spring were on The Narrows as well as 16 White Wagtails. A female Redstart put in an appearance on the Mountainside and Wheatears continue to pass through in excellent numbers, 52 today, of which many were of the Greenland race. Movement overhead consisted of 27 Sand Martins and 23 Swallows, plus finch passage totalled three Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, two Lesser Redpolls, 304 Linnets, and two Reed Buntings.

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