Thursday, 21 November 2013

A much more pleasant day with lighter winds saw a good selection of noteworthy species dotted around the island. The second Goldeneye of the year flew North past Solfach mid-morning, although very little else passed by. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the lower end on the Ty-Pellaf Wetlands, along with two Woodcocks and six Snipe. The Siberian Chiffchaff remained around Ty Pellaf, feeding alongside a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. A Short-eared Owl was seen on the mountainside near Carreg Bach in the afternoon, before flying down to Carreg Reed Bed. Thrushes seemed to be on the move through the island, with a total of 23 Blackbirds and four Song Thrushes recorded.

 Solfach continues to be a big centre of activity, with the feeding flock of 30 Choughs spending most of the day amongst almost 1000 Starlings
 The Hooded Crow continues to feed on Solfach, as it has done so for over a month
 The Siberian Chiffchaff continued to shelter behind the barns at Ty Pellaf
 'normal' Chiffchaff
It has been a very bad year for Short-eared Owls on the island, with fewer than ten records since January.

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