Sunday, 4 October 2009

The strong winds only lasted the one day, and serenity and sunshine returned once again. Still, auk passage off the west coast picked up considerably, with around 5000 Razorbills logged heading south. Besides alcids, very little offshore movement was noted, with a Pomarine Skua and a Common Gull the only birds worth mentioning. The best bird of the day, incongruous on the pebbly beach in Henllwyn, was a Yellow-browed Warbler that soon moved on and was not seen again. Nine Blackcaps were counted, along with five Chiffchaffs, five Goldcrests, a Song Thrush, 14 Skylarks and a Grey Wagtail. Autumn finch passage was showing signs of picking up pace with 40 Chaffinches, 15 Goldfinches, six Greenfinches and a Redpoll seen. 36 Ravens made their early morning constitutional to the island and back again, four Merlins and two Buzzards were seen, and a Water Rail, four Snipes and the Bar-tailed Godwit were still present.

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