Thursday, 19 December 2013

Gale force winds, coupled with driving rain on the 18th, made for challenging conditions both for birding and the birds themselves! On the 18th, a very high tide forced most of the wader roost onto the grass of the Narrows, and amounted to: 54 Oystercatchers, three Lapwings, 12 Purple Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, 47 Curlews, 14 Redshanks and 10 Turnstones. A Water Rail was hear in the withies, which is the first for some time. A much more pleasant day on the 19th saw a movement of over 200 auks past the Narrows in the morning, whilst the Water Pipit was seen back on Solfach. A selection of raptors seen during the day included two Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel and the Merlin.

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