Sunday, 6 May 2012

April highlights!

Raven, Lewis Yates

A Lapwing at North Pond on the 11th was the first highlight of the month. Once a breeding bird on Skomer this species is now, sadly, just an occasional visitor. On the 12th a Nightingale was discovered in North Valley, this is the first record since 2004 and a county description species. It was seen briefly as it flew to and from its favourite bush. However, the Nightingale wasn’t the only excitement for the day; a Great Skua was also seen feeding on a Lesser Black-backed Gull just off the north coast. We finally caught up with the House Martins with three seen at the Garland Stone on the 13th. Two Mealy Redpolls posed nicely for Dave Boyle as he took photos on the 13th. The Short-eared Owls were observed throughout the month and were seen ‘wing clapping’ mid-month. It remains to be seen whether or not these birds will breed on the island this year. Common Snipe were flushed on 7 days in April, with a peak day count of four on the 15th.
Grasshopper Warbler, Lewis Yates
The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year was heard on the 16th, followed by singles on the 20th and 23rd, two on the 21st, three on the 24th and four on the 26th. Lone Goldcrests were seen on just two days in April, the 18th and 26th. The 20th proved busy for birds, with the first Sedge Warblers and Whimbrel recorded as well as 114 Willow Warblers, the peak count for the year so far. The first Common Redstart for the year was noted on the 22nd and on this date the first Raven family fledged at The Amos, having raised four young. Other breeding birds were also busy, with the first Guillemot and Razorbill eggs noted on the 23rd, also, the first Cuckoo of the year visited on the 23rd, followed by singles on the 25th, 26th and 30th. A female Hawfinch paid a visit on the 24th in North Valley. 50 Blackcaps were counted on the 26th along with the first Common Whitethroat of the season. The first two Swifts passed over in the 28th and the first Whinchat was recorded on the 30th. Merlins were observed throughout April with up to two seen on 11 days and, finally, by the end of the month three Manx Shearwater eggs had been recorded in study burrows.
Whinchat, Lewis Yates
Sarah Harris,
Assistant Warden.

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