Saturday, 30 January 2016

Arriving at the narrows we were greeted with the sign of a pair of Wigeon, a drake and female, resting on the rocks just below the boathouse joined by six Mallards. 21 Curlews, 59 Oystercatchers, ten Turnstones, three Redshanks and a Shag were also present in the same bay along with 106 Grey Seals hauled out on the beaches. 35 Herring Gulls, a Greater Black-backed Gull, 13 Rock Pipits, four Choughs, four Magpies, two Ravens, a Carrion Crow and an additional Redshank, two Shags and 13 Mallards occupied the opposite side of the narrows. 16 Kittiwakes fed in the rough seas just off the narrows.

Further investigation needed but possibly the faint tracks of a Common Snipe, found along a boggy ditch bordering one of the fields in the lowlands
As expected the Nant area and the plantation were very quiet, however the wintering Firecrest again put in a brief appearance next to the chapel where it restlessly flitted about emitting a piercing pipping call. A Goldcrest, two Linnets, two Chaffinches, four Moorhens, six Magpies, two Carrion Crows, a Blackbird and a Wren made up the rest of the numbers.

Out at sea was much the same but two Common Scoter heading south were a nice addition to end the day.

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