Thursday, 18 August 2011

A light wind from the east persisted throughout the day, and brought a few different birds to the island. The first Greenshank since April was seen over the narrows in the late morning, and five Common Snipe flew around Henllwyn early on. A Common Tern was among a gathering of 76 Sandwich Terns on Carreg yr Honwy at high tide, and 34 Black-headed Gulls passed by. Two Tree Pipits, a Redstart and a Spotted Flycatcher were probably the most noteworthy passerines around, although the total number of warblers around had also increased: eight Sedge Warblers, five Whitethroats, a Blackcap, four Chiffchaffs and 24 Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest were seen. 228 Swallows were all over the island, and among them were five Sand Martins and 37 House Martins. The male Sparrowhawk continued to hunt prey around the narrows and the mountain, and the Kestrel was seen over the mountain.  

 Waders have begun to pass through the island, including a few small dark Ringed Plovers belonging to the northern race C.h.tundrae like the closest bird here.

Mixed waders in Solfach
 Swallows are building in numbers still, and many are spending time sheltering in the willows in the withy beds
 Some are rather approachable as they sit on the wire fences...
...and fence posts
Common Snipe

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