Monday, April 18, 2011

Whilst news from the mainland seems to involve sunbathing and barbecues, the weather here has been rather variable with long periods of dense fog interspersed with sun. But the birds have kept arriving with Whinchat and Lesser Whitethroat making their first appearances. The full moon has meant that there have been no birds attracted to the light but the morning survey is still busy with good numbers of Wheatears, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Grasshopper Warblers. Finches continue to pass overhead and it was no surprise when the first Common Redpoll of the year turned up in a catch of Lesser Redpoll at the Obs. Scarcer migrants include daily sightings of Tree Pipit, Ring Ouzel and Lapland Bunting.

Tree Pipit sightings on Bardsey are typically of birds giving their buzzing flight call as they pass overhead. So a singing bird in the top of the Plantation was nice to hear. (c) Richard Brown

Redpoll continue to pass noisily overhead. Of those that come down all but one have proven to be Lesser Redpoll, including this smart male. (c) Richard Brown

Large numbers of Herring Gull have been following the plough. (c) Richard Brown

Two Bar-tailed Godwit toured the South End. Whimbrel numbers had increased to eight yesterday and the first Common Sandpipers of the year arrived today. (c) Richard Brown

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