Monday, 19 March 2012
Sunshine, Wheatears and Snow Bunting - March 18th
Five fine male Wheatears stole the show this morning on the limestone pavements. Bright sunshine and a brisk wind meant that visible migration didn't particularly get going. However, four Crossbill passed overhead along with a trickle of Chaffinches, Goldfinches and Siskin. 12 Woodpigeon flew north, while the haunting call of two northbound Curlew peirced the air. Later in the morning Alan Davies scored with a Snow Bunting while a Blacl Guillemot on the sea was well picked out amongst the hundreds in not thousands of Auks offshore. A White Wagtail was the first of the spring, feeding above the cemetery, while 20+ 'alba' Wagtails flew west overhead. Several Gannets fed offshore, while Chough, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk were all in evidence. A single Great cretsed Grebe off the Old Cafe was also noteorthy.