Tuesday 23 April 2024

The wind was a chilly north-westerly with clear blue skies from midday doing their best to keep temperatures up. There was still a good number of Wheatears around with 51 dotted around the Island.  Whimbrels continue to build in numbers as they stop off on the migration further north with a minumum of 45 on the Island. Passerine numbers were rather low with just three Blackcaps, 12 Willow Warblers and three Goldcrests, with two trapped at Cristin both being adult males.

During the afternoon a duck was seen on Ty Pellaf Pond, the bird seemed to be a female Gadwall but on closer inspection had some strange features and seems to be a Gadwall x Mallard hyrbid also known as a Brewer's Duck! A Sandwich Tern went passed the South End with a White Wagtail on the Narrows. 

Other birds included eight Shelducks, a Buzzard, a Curlew, ten Swallows, a Starlings, four Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls and nine Goldfinches.

Lesser Redpoll © Ed Betteridge
Brewer's Duck (Gadwall x Mallard hybrid) © Ed Betteridge
Ringed Plovers are again breeding this year © Ed Betteridge

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