Saturday, 6 May 2017

Despite the somewhat breezy conditions today, there was a good arrival of migrants, especially as the day progressed.

The usual Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes made up the largest number of birds seen out to sea today, but an additional 53 Manx Shearwaters, 21 Puffins and a Common Scoter made the sea slightly more interesting.

A Merlin made an appearance along the West Coast again today, but there was a good deal of action on the Narrows as well. Solfach and Henllwyn had a total of eight Ringed Plovers, one Grey Plover, seven Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, ten Whimbrels, three Curlews and six Turnstones.

Inland however, saw the largest arrival which included the year’s first Cuckoo, of which four were seen today! Vismig produced a good haul as well; nine Swifts, 234 Swallows, 89 House Martins, three Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail and two ‘Flava’ Wagtails were all seen overhead. Three White Wagtails were seen on Solfach alongside the resident Pied Wagtails as well. The bushes and trees were full of migrants by the afternoon, chats numbered five Redstarts, four Whinchats, 11 Stonechats and 14 Wheatears.

Warblers made up some of the most impressive stats for today as 31 Sedge Warblers, one Lesser Whitethroat, 31 Whitethroats, six Garden Warblers, 19 Blackcaps, 26 Chiffchaffs and 226 Willow Warblers were logged (a good proportion of which were ringed at the Cristin).

A further 19 Spotted Flycatchers and seven Pied Flycatchers were also logged as 19 Lesser Redpolls moved overhead and two Crossbills. All in all a very good day with migrants pouring through the island!

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