Sunday, 19 February 2012

17th to 19th February

The Snow Bunting re-located on Pencristin was the best bird of the 17th. The only other birds worth mentioning on this day were two Ringed Plovers in Solfach. A good selection of birds arrived on the 18th, including a few migrants. A Goldcrest in the Plantation is surprisingly the first record of the year, another Pied Wagtail joined the lone male that has been present all winter on Solfach, and a flock of ten Lesser Black-beacked Gulls in Henllwyn had also arrived during the day. The Snow Bunting was again seen on the mountain, a Fieldfare was present at Nant with a single Linnet and a Snipe was flushed near Ty-Pellaf Withy. The wind settled down somewhat on the 19th, although it was still a little on the chilly side. The most notable sightings of the day included a Red-throated Diver and two Common Scoters out to sea, three Teals in Plas Withy, a Goldcrest at Ty Pellaf, a Skylark and eight Linnets in the North-West fields, and a Snipe on the South end. The four Woodpigeons were once again seen at Nant, seven Shelducks were around the Narrows and four Ravens over the Mountain comprised of the breeding  pair and two visitors. The pair of breeding Ravens have also started to show the first signs of breeding, with birds flying back and forth from a site on the east side with nesting material.


 Snow Bunting
 Great Tits (above) and Blue Tits have both started singing around the island over the last week, making it feel very spring-like...
 ...as have Dunnocks (upper) and Chaffinches (lower)
Curlew

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