Thursday, 15 September 2011

Many migrants arrived in the calm conditions in the night, and passerines continued to pass overhead in small flocks throughout the day. A Whinchat was seen on the rocks in Henllwyn, a Ring Ouzel was in the burnt gorse above nant and a Yellow Wagtail flew over the lowlands. Other fly-overs included 17 Skylarks, 28 Swallows, a House Martins, four Tree Pipits, 181 Meadow Pipits, seven Grey Wagtails, 29 Pied Wagtails, 22 White Wagtails, 71 ‘alba’ Wagtails, a Lesser Redpoll, 218 Linnets and 71 Chaffinches. 33 Wheatears were scattered around the coast, and good numbers of warblers were in the coastal gorse, Withies and island’s gardens: a Grasshopper Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, nine Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, 17 Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers and 13 Goldcrests were seen. A Song Thrush and a Spotted Flycatcher were also at Nant, whilst a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were pick of raptors; 18 Ravens over the narrows was the largest count for some time.
Two Leach's Storm-petrels were seen off the South end in the morning, whilst a Sabines Gull was among a mixed flock of 300 Kittiwakes, 21 Sandwich Terns, an Arctic Tern and 15 'Commic' Terns a couple of miles south of the south tip. 76 Common Scoters and two Arctic Skuas also passed by, whilst a Golden Plover, four Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins and five Whimbrels were the most noteworthy waders around.

The calm seas also allowed for the first Risso's Dolphin monitoring trip of the year to take place. Several pods amounting to around 26 individuals were seen and photographed as part of the ongoing project run by WDCS.

Just a few of the migrants around today: Whinchat (top), Chiffchaff (middle) and Whitethroat (bottom)

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