Monday, 21 December 2015

21nd December
A largely wet and windy day meant that field observations were minimal, although a single Whimbrel was seen amongst 50 Curlews around the Narrows, and the Hooded Crow remained here too.

22nd December
It was a more endearing day of clear skies and passing rain showers, although a very strong south-westerly wind whipped up an impressive swell out to sea. By far the highlight of the day didn't come until night-fall, when a Barn Owl was seen along the island's track, where three Woodcocks were also seen. Two first-winter Little Gulls were amongst some 92 Kittiwakes, four Common Gulls and a Gannet off the South End in the morning, whilst a single Whimbrel and two Purple Sandpipers were the more noteworthy waders on offer.

21st December
Another breezy day saw lashing rain storms in the morning give way to glorious sunshine in the afternoon, making for another largely pleasant day. The high tide late in the afternoon encouraged a reasonable gathering of waders, with 61 Oystercatchers, 52 Curlews, 11 Redshanks, four Purple Sandpiper and 24 Turnstones, whilst movements out to sea comprised two Fulmars, a Common Gull and 60 Kittiwakes.

Herring Gull

juvenile Kittiwake

The view from the south end on the afternoon of the 20th

A Grey Seal pup born a few days ago continued to take shelter in one of the small bays in Henllwyn

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