Thursday, 16 January 2014

January 12th
A grey, overcast day with strong south-east winds saw a scattering of seabirds passing by the coast, although few passerines around the gardens and withies. A Red-throated Diver flew East through the sound mid-morning, whilst the usual feeding flock of Kittiwakes contained a notable 27 Common Gulls, along with eight Mediterranean Gulls. Singles of Skylark, Song Thrush and Redwing were noted inland, and the usual Hooded Crow remained on The Narrows.

January 13th
A cold east wind, combined with heavy rain throughout, made for a bit of a grim day. Two Song Thrushes and Redwing were seen in the Ty Pellaf Wetlands, whilst a Lesser Black-backed Gull joined the usual mob of Herring Gulls in Henllwyn.

January 14th 
A scattering of passerines inland included four Song Thrushes, which were distributed from Nant to Ty Pellaf, three Stonechats and a Goldfinch. A Water Rail was heard calling in the withies, and two Mediterranean Gulls were amongst the 215 Kittiwakes feeding near Carreg Yr Honwy.

The Hooded Crow remains around The Narrows, although is still very skittish

January 15th
The first Merlin of the year was the highlight of an otherwise very drizzly and dull day. The bird was seen briefly on The Narrows, and then again over Plas. The usual gathering of 54 Curlews and 56 Oystercatchers were present in Henllwyn at high tide, along with two Shelducks. The Hooded Crow continued to feed around the fields near Solfach.

January 16th 
Between the frequent and very heavy squalls, a handful of birds were noted around the island. A small party of three Stonechats were seen feeding in Traeth Ffynnon; a Song Thrush joined a couple of Blackbirds in the Lowlands; and a Woodpigeon sheltered in the Plantation. Towards the south of the island, a Whimbrel was amongst 57 Curlews, whilst 120 Kittiwakes off The Narrows did not contain any scarcities.

The flock of Curlews flying into Henllwyn from their low-tide roost on Carreg Yr Honwy

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