Wednesday, 26 October 2011

In the dwindling light of late afternoon, a stunning Pallas's Warbler was discovered in Ty Capel garden. Despite the heavy downpours that frequently passed over, the bird fed happily in the bracken on the hillside above Nant Withy, often hovering by leaves to reveal its small, square lemon-coloured rump.

With clear skies present in between heavy showers for most of the morning, there was a good passage of migrants overhead, the highlights of which were two Snow Buntings over the South end, and a Mistle Thrush by Ty Nesaf; other passerine-migrants on the island included 47 Skylarks, 16 Swallows, 32 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, a Wheatear, 15 Blackbirds, five Song Thrushes, five Redwings, two Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs, 20 Goldcrests, 860 Starlings, 134 Chaffinches, a Brambling, seven Greenfinches, 23 Greenfinches, two Lesser Redpolls and a Reed Bunting. Three Short-eared Owls were seen on the South end and above Nant, and a Woodcock was also seen above Nant.

A Great Northern Diver, two Pomarine Skuas, two Arctic Skuas, four Great Skuas and two Golden Plovers were the highlights of sea passage, whilst eight Mediterranean Gulls and an Arctic Tern fed in Solfach with the usual gulls.

 Pallas's Warbler
A Great Skua (top) harassed a few of the gulls in Solfach on its way South, and six Mediterranean Gulls (bottom) were feeding among the Black-headed Gulls.

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