Sunday, 19 December 2010

A brilliant and enjoyable day’s birding saw some scarcer birds as well as incredible numbers of commoner species. The highlights of the day included five Woodlarks that fed in amongst the hundreds of Skylarks moving through. A Bean Goose(possibly the first record for the island) flew down the west side in the morning; it returned in the afternoon circling Pwll Cain before continuing north for a second time. A Water Pipit made a brief appearance on the north coast before heading inland. Commoner birds continued to arrive throughout the day with species such as Snipe and Lapwings flying in from high in the sky. Counts of passerines came to: a whopping 1400 Skylarks, 23 Meadow Pipits, 14 Blackbirds, a Fieldfare, 95 Song Thrushes, 220 Redwings, 16 Mistle Thrushes, 24 Chaffinches and 58 Linnets. Good numbers of Snipe were seen with 20 being flushed up at once from the wetlands; 57 were scattered around whilst two Jack Snipe and five Woodcocks were also seen. A steady passage of seabirds streamed past the south point in the morning: a Great northern Diver, a Fulmar, a Gannet, a Mediterranean Gull, 360 Black headed Gulls, 24 Common Gulls, 60 Herring Gulls, 50 Kittiwakes and 430 Razorbills. Four Teals made a brief appearance in Henllwyn whilst the two Grey Plovers joined a Dunlin in Solfach. Twelve Golden Plovers and 43 Lapwings searched for softer ground inland.

A record five Woodlarks were scattered around with the majority feeding in the Cow's feeding area at the north end.
Skylarks continue to arrive in numbers with the lowest shot being the sight of pretty much every stubble-field on the island.
It is an unusual sight to see Snipe out in the open here. Today, due to there being so many and the ground being frozen, several were seen feeding in the fields and near the banks.
Golden Plover.
Another unusual sight: this Grey Heron landed on the bracken slope above Ty Pellaf. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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