Wednesday, 11 January 2012

9th to 11th January

The 9th was a very calm and pleasant day, although there were few birds on the island. A good number (at least in island-terms) of Red-throated Divers did, however, pass through the sound in ones and twos in the morning; a total of 12 were counted. A Song Thrush was seen in the wetlands, three Whimbrels were amongst the Curlew flock in Henllwyn and a Buzzard flew over the West Side. A Mistle Thrush at Ty Pellaf and a Snow Bunting over the Plantation were the highlights of the 10th. During an hours' seawatch off the north end on the 11th, a total of 2540 auks were logged as they flew southward in long strings of birds; the majority of these birds were Guillemots. Four Common Gulls and 32 Black-headed Gulls also flew past. Three Shelducks were again present during this period, whilst the usual Sparrowhawk hunted birds around the gardens.

Black-headed Gulls
 Rock Pipits-the lower bird has a deformed upper mandible and has been present for many weeks
Flocks of Guillemots flew past the North end on the 11th

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