Monday, 6 May 2013

A gloriously sunny and still day was disturbed only by the almost constant thunderous BOOMs which were apparently a by-product of a warship exercise being undertaken in Cardigan Bay by HMS Montrose!

It was a far better day on the bird front than previous days, with plenty of new arrivals, along with a good passage of hirundines.
The first two Sanderlings of the year were seen in Solfach in the morning, along with two Purple Sandpipers, three Dunlins, six Ringed Plovers and two Common Sandpipers, whilst 33 Whimbrels and three Bar-tailed Godwits were scattered around the coast.

A good total of 3o Sedge Warblers were recorded around the island, along with a Garden Warbler, four Blackcaps, four Whitethroats, a Grasshopper Warbler, four Willow Warblers and 11 Chiffchaffs. A Yellow Wagtail flew over the South End in the morning, with more visible migration including seven Swifts, 174 Swallows, 130 House Martins and eight Sand Martins

 Two Sanderlings were seen on Solfach at high tide
 Five Ringed Plovers were also seen here
 Common Sandpiper
 House Martin
A count of over 30 Sedge Warblers included five individuals right on the top of the mountain in the bracken

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