Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Six Red-breasted Mergansers flying past the South End and a Lapland Bunting near Cristin were the highlights of another fairly slow day of migration. Some pipit movement in off the sea in the morning included two Tree Pipits and over 100 Meadow Pipits. A flava Wagtail was on Solfach with 15 White Wagtails, and at least five Grey Wagtails were seen overhead. A range of warblers present consisted of Grasshopper Warbler, two Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, a Blackcap, eight Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers and 12 Goldcrests, while the chat family was represented by two Whinchats, a Redstart and 28 Wheatears amongst the resident species. The Water Rail, Merlin and two Knots remained on the island, and a couple of Ringed Plovers and three Snipe were also seen. At sea, a Great Skua, one Mediterranean Gull, three Common Terns and 68 Black-headed Gulls went by, and three more Risso’s Dolphins were seen just off Henllwyn.

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