Wednesday, 4 May 2011

The most notable sighting of the day was a Quail that was flushed from the burnt gorse on the south end. After being seen a few times when flushed up from the short grass, the bird disappeared over a rise and was not seen again during the day. A fairly considerable passage at sea amounted to: a Great northern Diver, fourteen Gannets, 1647 Manx Shearwaters, twenty Fulmars, a Black headed Gull, forty six Kittiwakes, twenty nine Puffins, ninety nine Razorbills and sixteen Guillemots. A Sanderling in henllwyn and a smart Golden Plover on the south end was pick of the waders, with the commoner species amounting to: five Ring Plovers, four Turnstones, two Purple Sandpipers, seven Dunlins, a Bar-tailed Godwit, forty six Whimbrels and three Curlews. Two Garden Warblers and two Lesser Whitethroats were the higlights from inland, whilst two Swifts moved through along with 179 Swallows, eight Sand Martins and twelve House Martins.

Golden Plover (c) Ben Porter

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