Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Corncrake in the Plantation was the highlight of an otherwise rather quiet day. Found at around 9:00 in the morning, the bird preceded to remain characteristically shy throughout the day.
The second Ruff of the year was seen around the narrows in the early morning, and two Bar-tailed Godwits, two Ringed Plovers, 16 Purple Sandpipers, five Dunlins, a Snipe and four Whimbrels were also seen around the narrows and South end. 12 Common Scoters and six Arctic Skuas were the only birds passing by out to sea, whilst five Grey Herons joined the usual bird in Henllwyn. The first Richard's Pipit of the year was the most notable passerine seen, although a trickle of birds overhead included a Skylark, 178 Swallows, five House Martins, a Tree Pipit, 239 Meadow Pipits, 10 Grey Wagtails, 60 alba Wagtails, two Siskins, two Goldfinches and a Lesser Redpoll. 21 White Wagtails and 37 Wheatears were feeding around the coast, the Whinchat was again by the Schoolhouse and a Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 10 Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrests were in the island's gardens and withies.

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