Monday, 14 October 2013

There was a bit of an anticlimax after yesterday's excitement (even if it came to an abrupt end), although a few scarcities brightened up the day. At least three Yellow-browed Warblers were seen around the island during the day: one bird was trapped in the Heligoland trap at Cristin in the morning, another was heard at Nant and a third fed amongst the Chiffchaffs in Ty Pellaf garden. The (now ringed) House Sparrow remained around Ty Pellaf throughout the day.

Out to sea, the first two (pale-bellied) Brent Geese of the year flew North along the west side, briefly stopping off on Carreg Yr Honwy. At least 20 Mediterranean Gulls sauntered Northward with a steady stream of Black-headed Gulls and Kittiwakes. Two Arctic Skuas also passed by.

 It's been a fantastic Autumn for Yellow-browed Warblers on the island this year. We have now had about 20 individuals, and have trapped and ringed six, including today's bird. Lower image (c) Steve Stansfield
Six Chiffchaffs were present in the sheltered areas in Ty Pellaf garden, feeding alongside the Yellow-browed Warbler for much of the morning

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