Tuesday, 11 April 2017
A generally quiet day, but there were a few scarcities to be found. Chief amongst them were a Mealy Redpoll caught in the Obs Garden, a Scandinavian Rock Pipit in Solfach and two Hooded Crows that flew south through the lowlands. Otherwise though, it was a very modest day of passage.
Mealy Redpoll caught at the Observatory
On the sea, 45 Manx Shearwaters moved through, mostly off the South End in the morning. Waders of note included four Ringed Plovers and 24 Turnstones in Solfach, three Whimbrels, and an excellent count of 177 Oystercatchers.
Passage overhead was limited to a trickle of Swallows (22) and Sand Martins (7), with a very small number of Finches. Including birds moving through and staying put on the island, we recorded 135 Linnets, 19 Goldfinches, seven Lesser Redpolls and two Siskins, additional note coming from a singing Reed Bunting in Ty Pellaf Reedbed. In the bushes were just 15 Chiffchaffs, eight Willow Warblers, four Goldcrests and one Blackcap. Of interest to fans of subspecific identification were our first five Greenland Wheatears (Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa) amongst 19 "regular" Wheatears today. Five White Wagtails were present in Solfach, continuing the trend of increasing numbers being present in recent weeks.
One Red Admiral and three Peacock were on the wing, with four Bumblebee species also seen, Buff-tailed, White-tailed, Common Carder and Garden. Six moths of five species were in the moth trap, including a Red Chestnut and an Early Thorn, while an excellent count of 190 Grey Seals around the island was made today.