A wintry first week saw more snow on the hills. What were those early migrants thinking? April 1st is a questionable day to find rarities; however a noc-mig (nocturnally migrating) STONE CURLEW was recorded calling over Penrhyn Bay. Another turned up on St.David’s airfield on 26-27th. An ALPINE SWIFT was a classic “spring overshoot” photographed over Skokholm on 1st and at Wooltack Point and St Govan’s Head (Pembrokeshire) on 2nd and again over Nolton Haven on 18th.
Again noc-mig recording paid off and revealed more unknowns – this time a SPOTTED CRAKE over Tregaron Bog (Ceredigion) along with thousands of migrating Common Scoter on 5th. A pair of SURF SCOTER were off Old Colwyn (Denbighshire) on 2nd-15th and Pensarn on 15th. Up to three RING-NECKED DUCKS were still at Talley Lakes (Carmarthen) on 3rd-17th and Lisvane Reservoir (Glamorgan) on 3rd-13th, Llyn Maelog, Rhosneigr (Anglesey) from 2nd-18th , Cors Caron NR (Ceredigion) on 2nd and a drake still on Llyn Pencarreg (Carmarthenshire) on 23rd. The TUNDRA BEAN GOOSE remained at Goldcliffe from 1st-16th.
A COMMON CRANE was over Pembrey (Pembrokeshire) on 3rd. A WHITE STORK was reported over Ruthin (Denbighshire) on 16th and two SpoonbillS flew over Cors Ddyga (Anglesey) on 29th.
A BONAPARTE’S GULL was in Cardiff Bay on 18-30th. Iceland Gulls remained at Rhyl’s Brickfields Pool from 1st-6th, another was on Skomer 5-6th, one at Cemlyn 17-18th, and a further bird at Tenby on 28th. Glaucous Gulls were at Tywyn (Meirionnydd) on 20th, Teifi Estuary (Pembrokeshire) on 28th and Tenby (Pembrokeshire) on the same day.
A BLACK KITE was photographed over South Stack on 26th. Two Dotterel were on the Range RSPB (Anglesey) on 17th-19th, and one was on Foel Fras (Caernarfonshire) on 26th with another on Garreg Lwyd (Carmarthen) on 29th.
A Wryneck was on Skokholm on 6th and another in a private garden on the Lleyn (Caernarfonshire) on 26th. Great Grey Shrikes were at Brechfa (Carmarthen) on 2nd, Usk Reservoir (Carmarthen) on 5th and Hirwaun (Glamorgan) on 12th-13th. Hoopoes were in a St Dogmael’s garden (Pembrokeshire) on 28th, in Portskewett (Glamorgan) on 6th and a further one in Llanerchymedd (Anglesey) on 24th. A Turtle Dove was in Trefin (Pembrokeshire) on 24th.
A Siberian Chiffchaff was in Aberdaron on 13th and another was ringed on Bardsey on 26th. “Channel-type” Yellow Wagtails were at Brechfa Pool (Radnor) and Penmon Point on 23rd and Henborth, Cemlyn (Anglesey) on 24th.
A NIGHTINGALE was ringed on Skokholm on 30th. Black Redstarts were on Skokholm and at Dale on 4th, Aled Isaf Reservoir (Denbighshire) on 4th, Great Orme from 12th-15th, Llanrhystud (Ceredigion) on 23rd, Barry on 28th and Brechfa Pool on 29th.
Last month’s mammalian highlight of the Walrus remained in Tenby over Easter until the 27th at least.