A wet start meant that census was completed later in the morning and it turned into a stunning day. In the afternoon Sam and Stuart joined the Enlli Trust staff for a sea swim at Bae’r Nant.
The Woodchat Shrike remained in the fields below the Observatory and was enjoyed by some of the new visitors to the island. A small arrival of Whitethroat had occurred overnight with two males singing in the Observatory garden. There were also several flocks of finches with 12 Siskins, 14 Goldfinches and 26 Lesser Redpolls across the island. Five Spotted Flycatchers were recorded today.
The first resident House Martins have returned and were busy fixing up their nests at the Lighthouse Compound. Fortunately for them, there doesn’t seem to have been too much damage over the winter.
Buzzards were on the move today with three seen over the mountain and another at the South End. A juvenile plumage Peregrine was recorded at the South End, this is likely to be an older bird that has already fledged and is migrating through the island.
Birds today: 11 Gannets, one Grey Heron, four Buzzards, three Ringed Plovers, one Sanderling, 21 Purple Sandpipers, five Whimbrels, three Curlews, 24 Turnstones, one Common Gull, two Sand Martins, 56 Swallows, 14 House Martins, five Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, one Blackcap, five Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler, five Spotted Flycatchers, one Woodchat Shrike, 12 Siskins, 14 Goldfinches, 26 Lesser Redpolls