Wednesday, 8 April 2015

8th April 2015

Weather: wind light and variable, sunny.

Tree Sparrow

The first morning this week without any fog proved to be fairly quiet without even the large Meadow Pipit movements of recent days, and with only the odd Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the trapping areas, until the event of the day when 2 Tree Sparrows and 2 House Sparrows landed in the rangers garden seemingly in a single arrival.

One of the Tree Sparrows was trapped for ringing, the first captured on the island for four years.

Tree Sparrow

The other highlight of the day was the long expected sighting of the first Sandwich tern seen this year which was feeding off the west side mid morning. The recent sequence of Woodpigeons continued with 3 today and the Merlin showed just once flying off the east side as observers arrived this morning. Two Wheatears were present on the main island but did not even go near the potter traps, while flyovers included a few Redpolls, Skylarks etc. Five Little Egrets were in the east gutter at some stage, as were 18 Brent Geese, possibly all that remain of the winter flock.

Goldcrest (female)

Ringed: 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Blackbird, 2 Robins, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest [ 95-18 ]
(CJ, SRW) photos SRW

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