Thursday, 15 December 2011

13th to 15th December

With gale-force Westerly winds on the 13th making it very hard to stand up, let alone bird the island, it was a quiet day bird-wise. Four Gannets passed by out at sea in the morning, whilst a single Common Gull and 14 Black-headed Gulls were with a flock of Herring Gulls in Solfach. The male Blackcap was seen at Ty Nesaf with three Blue Tits and a Great Tit. A slight drop in the wind overnight on the 14th made for a more pleasant day’s birding. Nevertheless, it was still extremely quiet: six Fulmars, a Gannet and a Common Gull flew past at sea and the Blackcap remained at Ty Nesaf. A Song Thrush at Nant was the only different species seen on the 15th. A Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk continued to hunt small prey along the mountainside and in the gardens, whilst a pair of Peregrine Falcons harassed waders and other prey around the Narrows.

The continual westerly winds on the 13th built up a considerable swell, which caught one or two of the usual Herring Gulls by surprise as they fed in the waves
Black-headed Gull
 Purple Sandpipers continue to feed on the coastal rocks 
Only a handful of Meadow Pipits are around the island at the moment

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