Thursday, 25 March 2010

Hello Jack! Hello spring!!

My second AW Jack Ashton-Booth returned on Wednesday, just in the nick of time. An overcast day with a light SE'ly wind brought in Jack (with help from a plane) and some long-awaited firsts of the year: a Stonechat, a Goldcrest, Common Redpoll and at least 4 each of Black Redstart and Chiffchaff plus a noticeable increase in Meadow Pipits (30+). Today, there was barely any wind until well into the afternoon and the sun even tried to come out. Consequently. it was great to be out and about and full island coverage was achieved. Highlight of the day was our first Wheatears (2) of the year, but the first Bonxie came a close second, or possibly it could have been the first Puffin back on dry land. But there was early Willow Warbler in Raeva, Stock Dove at Leogh and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Goorn were also firsts of the year!! Other arrivals included a good March count of 17 Chiffchaff, 3 Stonechat, 7 Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, 23 Robin, 2 Dunnock and 13 Chaffinch.
Long may it continue......

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