Saturday, 4 February 2012

2nd to 4th February

The 2nd was another lovely calm and crisp day with temperatures just hovering above zero. The same scattering of waders on the narrows included the three Ringed Plovers, three Sanderlings and 11 Dunlins, whilst a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits joined the Curlew flock and a Snipe was in the wetlands.. Two Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver, five Common Gulls and a Black-headed Gull were seen off the West coast, and presumably the same flock of seven Teals were back in Henllwyn with five Shelducks. Things were still a little on the quiet side inland: 15 Meadow Pipits, six Song Thrushes and a Little Owl were amongst the gorse on pencristin, whilst a Sparrowhawk and a Buzzard drifted overhead. The 3rd, the last forecast day of calm and cool days, was slightly quieter than the previous days. Three Sanderlings, 18 Dunlins and a Ringed Plover were once again around the Narrows along with 14 Purple Sandpipers, whilst three Bar-tailed Godwits were in Solfach. A single Teal was also in Solfach, and seven Common Scoters flew past the Narrows. The weather finally broke on the 3rd, and went back to the usual winter weather: strong south-easterly winds, cold temperatures and steady drizzle throughout the day. The waders were once again around the narrows, today’s totals coming to: three Dunlins, two Sanderlings, a Knot and three Bar-tailed Godwits. Two Woodpigeons at Nant were the only notable species inland. Three Whimrels were seen around the narrows in this period, a Little Owl was heard on pencristin each and a maximum of 11 Song Thrushes were seen on the island.

The female Sparrowhawk continues to hunt prey around the island.
The approachable Sanderlings returned to Solfach once the temperatures had climbed a little and thawed the sand and frozen rock pools
 Bar-tailed Godwit-another addition to the year list
 Song Thrush numbers have been the highest so far this year over the last few days

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