Sunday, 24 March 2013

The gusting North-easterlies continued today, and the temperatures dropped to just above freezing; a combination which kept many birds deep in the undergrowth. After an uneventful morning, a small arrival of two Black Redstarts, five Wheatears and two male Stonechats took place in the afternoon, which were scattered from Pencristin to The Narrows. Nine Chiffchaffs and 16 Goldcrests remained in the Plantation, whilst three Goldcrests were present elsewhere. A total of 116 Meadow Pipits were scattered around the coast in loose flocks, which is an increase on recent days; a Skylark was also amongst them. Two Dunlins were present around the Narrows.

A slight drop in the howling Easterly wind seemed to favour a small arrival of five Wheatears around the coast...
 ...two rather drab Black Redstarts were also feeding with them, although were somewhat more skittish
 A larger count of Meadow Pipits around the coastal fields amounted to just under 100 individuals
 A handful of Chiffchaffs continued to shelter in the Plantation, although many of yesterday's birds had moved on
Lesser Black-backed Gull and Bardsey Lighthouse (please note that the lighthouse does not usually stand at this angle)

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