Wind and rain swept across the island from the South this morning, before wind and rain then swept across the island from the North-West this afternoon... however the weather did let off for the last few hours of sunlight, allowing for some birding.
The morning was spent entering ringing data and compiling ringing recoveries of the birds caught on the island that have either been ringed elsewhere or are subsequently found after leaving the island. It's always interesting to learn more about our birds' lives. George has been writing up the details ready for the 2020 report.
Otherwise, this morning consisted of regular checks of the Potter Trap set in Cristin Withy. It has been baited with fish in an attempt to catch a Water Rail, but this has been unsuccessful so far. With the end of the season fast approaching, we're hoping that one will make a timely appearance.
This afternoon's limited birding mainly took place around the Narrows and South End. Highlights were a Short-eared Owl seen flying around the South End, a Great Skua out to sea and a Golden Plover sat on Henllwyn.
There was a good number of Redshanks around the Narrows, with 14 recorded. Three Snipe were flushed from just in front of the lighthouse and another was in the Wetlands. Two Ravens have been feeding on Solfach with the Choughs and Magpies, allowing for nice views and size comparison, showing just how large and powerful these birds are.
Starlings are continuing to move through the island, 92 were recorded today. Other sightings include three Redwings, a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Merlin.