Saturday, 7 December 2013

Continuing on the atmospheric conditions of the previous day, the 6th saw the strong winds still set in the west, producing high seas during high tide mid-morning.  On the bird front, a small movement of seabirds out to sea saw a Red-throated Diver, two Fulmars, 74 Black-headed Gulls and 23 Common Gulls flying South, whilst a feeding flock of a minimum of 5000 Kittiwakes was observed several miles to the East of the South End. There was no sign of the Water Pipit on the now seaweed-stricken Solfach, although the Hooded Crow continued to lounge around this area.

The 7th was an altogether calmer day, giving a brief interlude between storms. A total of 420 Black-headed Gulls gathered around Henllwyn and Solfach at high tide, feeding amongst another 26 Common Gulls. A small part of the feeding flock to the east of the South End had moved slightly closer to the island, and allowed two Little Gulls to be identified amongst the hundreds of Kittiwakes. A Great Northern Diver also flew past at sea, along with 300 Guillemots and six Fulmars. Elsewhere, a Jack Snipe and a Snipe were seen in the Ty Pellaf Wetlands, and singles of Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were scattered all over the island.

Chough, with Bardsey Lighthouse in the background
Some atmospheric images of Choughs in front of this morning's sunrise. The top photo is not manipulated!
Herring Gull
There has been a concentrated gathering of Grey Seals on one of the beaches in Henllwyn in recent days. Spot the Turnstone!
Not wanting to be left out from the destruction that has been caused by the winds and storm surges of recent days, here is the extent to which our coast has been affected: the make-shift photographic hide on Solfach was overturned in a period of strong winds...

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