Saturday, 14 January 2012

12th to 14th January

The 12th was another day with brisk winds and saw the majority of attention turned to sea, where a good movement of Guillemots was once again present. Amongst the 2600 Guillemots that passed by, three Common Scoters, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 18 Common Gulls were also noted. The 13th was a beautifully calm and mild day and was much better bird-wise. A good selection of passerines had arrived during the calm conditions: a Fieldfare, a Mistle Thrush and two Song Thrushes were around the lowlands and the Nant area, 45 Meadow Pipits was a large increase in comparison to recently, 26 Linnets flew over Ty Pellaf and 876 Starlings fed in noisy flocks around the coast. A Buzzard flew over the west side, a Jack Snipe was flushed from the Ty-Pellaf Wetlands and a female Common Scoter flew past the North End. A fresh South-easterly wind picked up on the 14th, although there was still the odd noteworthy bird present: six Common Scoters and a Gannet were seen off the North end in the morning, a female Teal stopped off briefly in Solfach midday, a Woodcock was flushed from the mountain and two Linnets were seen at Nant. A Snipe was seen in the wetlands on the former two days, whilst the usual three Shelducks remained around the Narrows for the period and a Sparrowhawk was seen around the Nant area.

Around 25 Choughs continue to feed on the rotting kelp piles in Solfach
 Song Thrush (upper) and Mistle Thrush (lower)
 A few pairs of Oystercatchers split away from the wintering flock on the 13th and settled in locations around the coast
 876 Starlings were seen on the 13th

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