Sunday, 23 August 2015
Today’s weather was dire at best with continuous rain throughout the day. Though potentially disastrous for censusing bids, the rain was brilliant at grounding migrating waders and terns. The clear highlights of the day were the single Roseate Tern and two Black Terns found flying around Carreg Yr Honwy amongst 105 Common Terns, 52 Arctic Terns and 40 ‘Commic’ Terns; one Balearic Shearwater also flew south.
At seas 2500+ Manx Shearwaters came by along with 286 Gannets, one Great Skua, three Black-headed Gulls, and 870 Kittiwakes. Waders were well represented with a single Ringed Plover, two Golden Plovers, five Purple Sandpipers, 21 Dunlins, ten Snipes, six Whimbrels, 27 Curlews, seven Redshanks, two Greenshanks, one Common Sandpiper, and 32 Turnstones seen. Also recorded were two Sand Martins, four Chiffchaffs, six Willow Warblers, ten Goldcrests, three Teals, one Buzzard, and a Grey Heron.
Cetaceans off the West Coast include 16 Common Dolphins, three Risso Dolphins and one Porpoise.