Sunday, 8 January 2012

6th to 8th January

The 6th was a changeable day weather-wise, with calm winds early on developing into stronger winds and drizzly weather in the afternoon. A Glaucous Gull was seen briefly midday as it flew west over the Narrows and continued Southward; this is only the 21st record for the island, although there have been 10 records since 2000. Other noteworthy birds on the island included a flock of 36 Ravens over Ty Pellaf, three Shelducks in Henllwyn and a single Linnet and Siskin at Ty Pellaf. After a brisk North-westerly wind picked up once again during the night of the 7th, most birds of interest were located out to sea: six Great Northern Divers, three Red-throated Divers, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 57 Black-headed Gulls, 18 Common Gulls and a Bar-tailed Godwit were the highlights. The 8th was a much calmer day, giving a brief respite after the weeks of strong winds. Two Great Northern Divers and three Common Scoters flew through the sound in the morning, whilst 43 Starlings flew around inland. Raptors present during this period included a Merlin, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk, and the three Shelducks that arrived on the 6th were seen on the latter two days of the period too. Singles of RedwingSong Thrush and Snipe were also noted around the lowlands on each day.

 One of the Red-throated Divers on the 7th landed on the sea in front of the North hide
40 Fulmars were seen on the East side on the 8th

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