Wednesday, 31 August 2011

A beautiful, sunny day's birding saw a few new arrivals dotted around, although nothing scarce or rare had arrived. The Wryneck, continuing to be extremely elusive, was seen near Carreg Bach in the monring, but was not seen again during the day. Four Spotted Flycatchers were seen in Cristin garden and above Nant, whilst four Sedge Warblers, nine Whitethroats, four Garden Warblers, seven Blackcaps, 28 Chiffchaffs, eight Willow Warblers and four Goldcrests were the totals of warblers on the island. Seven House Martins and three Sand Martins moved through during the day, and 650 Swallows were seen circling above Carreg reed bed at dusk, before settling into the reeds for the night's roost. A Great Skua, two Arctic Skuas and 26 Common Scoters flew passed out to sea, whilst a Black-headed Gull, 28 Sandwich Terns and seven Common Terns were on Carreg yr Honwy. A Sanderling, two Dunlins, two Common Sandpipers and three Purple Sandpipers were the highlights on the wader front.

 Most of Garden Warblers were feeding on the elderberries, although some were also eating the damsons and blackberries 

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