Wednesday, 26 November 2014

It was a very calm day on the island, perhaps the calmest for many weeks, although this failed to bring any new migrants to the island's shores. The number of Starlings on Solfach had risen somewhat to 230, where the usual Hooded Crow was seen, as well as a Ringed Plover and 10 Purple Sandpipers. A Chiffchaff was seen at Cristin, a Linnet flew over Ty Pellaf, and a Water Rail was heard calling in the withies.

One of the highlights of the day was a dramatic 5 minute battle between three Merlins, two Peregrine Falcons and an unfortunate Rock Pipit. The chase started with one of the usual Merlins singling out a Rock Pipit on Solfach. As the chase was taken skyward, a second Merlin powered up and grabbed the Rock Pipit, with an explosion of feathers. These two Merlins then spent a minute or two chasing each other around Solfach, before a third Merlin joined in the show- this bird was shortly followed by two adult Peregrines, which promptly broke up the petty squabbling, and sent the Merlins scampering away. The Peregrines did not, however, manage to procure the Rock Pipit from the initial victor.


Starlings on Solfach. Numbers have started dropping off a bit now, but there remain between 50 and 150 birds each day

You can find some more pictures of Choughs and Starlings over the last week at the following link: Ben Porter Photography

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