Tuesday, 18 November 2014
It was a very pleasant day all in all, with light easterly winds encouraging a light movement of larks, pipits and thrushes, whilst the clear blue skies gave the sun a chance to make an appearance over the isle. Two Snow Buntings spent the day feeding along the track between the Boathouse and Ty Pellaf, giving excellent views and showing down to less than 5 metres. The long-staying Siberian Chiffchaff was seen in Cristin Withy, accompanied by a 'normal' Chiffchaff and two Goldcrests. A total of 354 Starlings were recorded during the day, with much of this total comprising small flocks heading eastwards over the mountain; thrushes were somewhat up in figures, with the day's tallies amounting to 18 Blackbirds, two Song Thrushes and 5 Redwings. A single Lapwing was present around The Narrows.
Solfach has been the centre of activity for a great number of species recently, with the rotting piles of Kelp providing a bounty of insects and fly larvae for birds to feed on. Choughs, Starlings, Rock Pipits, the near-resident Hooded Crow, a handful of Magpies, a few Carrion Crows and a small selection of waders and gulls have all been utilising this area, though some have been unwilling to share it...