Wednesday, 19 April 2017
The calm conditions have really opened the flood gates in the last two days, with a good number of migrants making their way through, including some real goodies.
The semi-resident Merlin was again present today, hunting on the West Coast. A good variety of waders were also about on the Narrows today, among the usual Turnstone and Oystercatcher, two Ringed Plovers, a Golden Plover, a Grey Plover, a Sanderling, a Dunlin, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 45 Whimbrels and four Common Sandpipers made an appearance. Four Snipes were additional waders seen in the Wetlands. Out to sea, a few things passed, but since our attentions were focused on the land little was recorded, however, four Sandwich Terns, 101 Guillemots, 528 Razorbills and 51 Puffins were logged.
Also on the move today were Hirundines with 51 Sand Martins, 144 Swallows and 20 House Martins logged, what could be the beginning of a proper push of them in the coming weeks. Pipits and Wagtails were also represented in good diversity, highlights including two Tree Pipits, one Yellow Wagtail (the first of the year) and 12 White Wagtails.
It didn’t stop there, also migrating were Chats and Warblers, the year’s first two Redstarts appeared at Ty Pellaf and Carreg Bach respectively, but the Wheatear count had decreased to 80 unfortunately. A good diversity of Warblers were recorded including five Grasshopper Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, 23 Chiffchaffs and 84 Willow Warblers.
A cracking male Common Redstart seen at Ty Pellaf today!