Monday, 24 August 2009

Taking advantage of a considerably nicer day than the previous one, a small movement of hirundines – a southerly passage of 77 Swallows, five House Martins and a Sand Martin – took place in the morning. Sea passage was very slow apart from occasional flurries of Manx Shearwater activity, although one each of Arctic and Great Skuas were seen. 18 Wheatears were counted around the coast, while the areas of migrant cover held a Grasshopper Warbler, a Whitethroat, 14 Willow Warblers and a Sedge Warbler. Two Bar-tailed Godwits were the pick of a slightly smaller collection of waders than of late, which nevertheless included two Sanderlings and a Snipe. A Grey Wagtail was seen around the Narrows and the Cuckoo remained in the withies.

For the first time since the Red-veined Darter influx, the find of the day was undoubtedly a dragonfly, to wit, a
Golden Ringed Dragonfly – possibly the first definite record of this species for the island.

Portuguese Man-o’-war was the day’s most interesting addition to the growing collection of decomposing marine life strewn amongst the flotsam and assorted debris in Henllwyn.

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