Monday, 18 January 2016

A relatively pleasant day country to what the weather forecasters were saying and although not many areas were censused today there were some nice sightings all the same.

From the north end what seemed to be a dull sea watch turned out to be quite an interesting few minutes towards the end. Initialy after twenty minutes or so 13 Guillemots, one Razorbill, eight Kittiwakes, two Fulmar and a couple of Herring Gulls had made their way passed the hide. On the verge of packing up the telescope and heading into the lowlands one more scan of the sea was taken when two Wigeon, a drake and a female/ first winter bird made their way east through the Bardsey sound. As the island doesn't do too well for a range of duck species this was a nice sight. As they were followed in the telescope view, two Great Northern Divers crossed the ducks paths heading the opposite direction and at the same time a Harbour Porpoise surfaced below. This was shortly followed by a flock of 17 Common Gulls, mostly adults but two second year and two first winter birds, an exciting few minutes. 

On leaving the north hide the injured ringed Oystercatcher that was discovered a week or so back, baring a ring that was placed on it in 1983 was seen again as it scurried across rocks, onto the grass and disappeared down one of the stone walls.

In an attempt to try and find a Jack Snipe "on the deck" to photograph the main pond in the centre of the island was the next port of call. One path was slowly walked along the boggy northern edge but to no avail, as another section, still on the northern edge was walked a small amount of bird droppings could be seen in the mud. Wondering whether these could be from snipe they were inspected, only to have a Jack Snipe literally come up from under my nose, no more than a foot away. Testament to their confidence in their camouflage....or the observers bad eye sight!!

A single feather found around one of the pools on the island, appears to be from a Mallard
A very brief trip to the narrows was greeted by a female/ immature Merlin as it whipped over the main track and headed north up the island. In one of the main bays 30 Curlews, 40 Oystercatchers, nine Mallards and eight Redshanks were seen.

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