Thursday, 13 April 2017

A very quiet day on the island, although with seabird work being done on the East Side all afternoon, coverage wasn't as thorough as it could have been. Among migrants, the highlight was probably the second Kestrel of the year, completing a nice Falcon trio alongside a female Merlin and the resident Peregrines. Interest in the bushes was limited to just 12 Willow Warblers, nine Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests and a new Blue Tit ringed at Ty Nesaf, while 16 Wheatears were scattered about, and two White Wagtails were on Solfach.

Overhead just seven Swallows and a single House Martin moved through, while two Puffins were offshore on the East Side. A nice selection of waders on Solfach included a Ringed Plover, three Purple Sandpipers, a Whimbrel and 16 Turnstone, with 103 Oystercatchers across the island.

The seabird colony is starting to spring into life now. At least 19 Shags were on nests, with one nest containing two very young chicks! Three Raven chicks were also in a nest, while Fulmars and Kittiwakes are returning to their ledges, and Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls are starting to build nests.

two reptilian baby Shags in the nest (photo by Liam Curson)

The first Small White of the year was the insect highlight, with a single Peacock also on the wing. Just one moth, a Red Chestnut, made it into the trap overnight.

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