Friday, 18 December 2015

17th December
A somewhat less dull day weather-wise saw some pleasant breaks in the clouds and sunny patches persisting during the afternoon. Sightings from the day came in the form of the overwintering Whimbrel in Henllwyn, along with two Teals, four Snipe and 51 Curlews; the gull flock off the Narrows comprised eight Common Gulls, 164 Herring Gulls and 81 Kittiwakes; inland, a single Mistle Thrush was present amongst a small gathering of three Song Thrushes, three Redwings and three Blackbirds in the wetlands.

18th December
A more overcast day saw the south-westerly winds strengthen to an average of 30mph by the end of the day. Most sensible passerines on the island had their heads kept down, and so waders an gulls were again the main species to note: a single Shellduck settled on the Narrows for a brief time mid-morning, a Kestrel was seen inland, and nine Redshanks and eight Turnstones were seen in Solfach.


Purple Sandpiper

By-the-wind Sailors continue to wash up in good numbers

A handful of Starlings have been trapped and ringed using the portable Heligoland trap

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