Friday, 24 January 2014

January 21st
The return of windy and wet weather meant few observations were made during the day. A morning census of The Narrows revealed 72 Oystercatchers, 12 Redshanks and two Turnstones, whilst 54 Kittiwakes resided off the West Side.

January 22nd
A Water Rail was heard calling from the Withies midday, as has been the case for a few weeks now. Two each of Blue Tit and Great Tit toured the island's gardens, and a couple of Goldcrests were heard in the depths of the Plantation. Elsewhere, three Common Gulls were amongst the loose feeding flock of Kittiwakes, numbering 43, whilst the Hooded Crow was again above Solfach.

January 23rd
A fresh day with a cool Northerly air flow saw a scattering of waders around the Narrows at high tide, including 21 Purple Sandpipers and 14 Turstones. A pair of Stonechats were seen in the Limekiln Fields, and five Meadow Pipits flew over the mountain.

Some footage of the Purple Sandpipers roosting at high tide

 These Purple Sandpipers were roosting on a few small rocks at high tide, occasionally getting washed off as waves crashed over.
This one decided to swim across a small 2 metre gap, as opposed to fly. This type of behaviour has been seen with a wide variety of waders, most renowned being the Phalaropes

January 24th
Drizzly rain persisted throughout the day, and made it a rather miserable one. A Song Thrush was seen in Traeth Ffynnon, 31 Rock Pipits were scattered around The Narrows, with one or two Littoralis-looking birds amongst them. The Hooded Crow was still on The Narrows. 

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