Saturday, 24 December 2011

22nd to 24th December

The highlight of the 22nd came in the form of a Snow Bunting discovered on the seaweed in Solfach in the early afternoon. It spent the rest of the afternoon feeding along the banks and amongst the Choughs and Rock Pipits. A Lapwing was another new arrival, whilst six Song Thrushes were dotted around the lowlands and the island’s gardens. Torrential rain on the 23rd  covered the island in over 15mm of rain, and so made for a rather unpleasant day. It was also very quiet bird-wise: a Snipe was flushed from the wetlands; three Song Thrushes were again seen inland. Christmas Eve was another dull and windy day, although a small passage of seabirds off the North end of the island in the afternoon included two Red-throated Divers, 14 Fulmars, four Common Scoters, seven Common Gulls and over 700 auks. The Brent Goose remained in Henllwyn for this period, and a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk made appearances inland. 

 Snow Bunting
Brent Goose

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