Saturday, 24 March 2018

The calm conditions and clear skies today made it eventually feel undeniably like Spring. The first Manx Shearwater calling from a burrow emphasised this. The heat produced a good variety of raptors today, including a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine. The Great Spotted Woodpecker was once again present. The first Grey Wagtail of the year flew overhead, whilst four Stonechats, a Wheatear, two Redwings and a Mistle Thrush where seen inland. Some early passage resulted in two Chiffchaffs and nine Goldcrests recorded, a month high of 25 Choughs also made an appearance, as did the years first Hooded Crow. Other migrants included 172 Starlings, 15 Chaffinches and three Siskins.

View over the Sound towards the Llyn Peninsula © Billy Dykes

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