Saturday, 16 January 2016

The first really calm day for a week or so was very welcome and made for pleasant censusing conditions.

An early sea watch wasn't without some nice sightings but at the same time wasn't brimming with excitement. Two Divers flew frustratingly out of sight quickly heading north, most likely to be Great Northern Divers, 113 Guillemots 16 Common Scoters and later a small flock of 15 Black-headed Gulls and three Mediterranean Gulls flew north passed the north end. A small group of Linnets also passed through the telescope view and made their way down into the north west fields, the first Linnets for a number of days.

Around Nant and the plantation a nice party of severn Siskins noisily made their way north along the side of the mountain and presumable carried onto the mainland beyond. The usual two Goldcrests, Wrens, Robins, Dunnocks and Moorhens were also noted so not much change there but a low flying adult Peregrine is always a treat as it swooped close to the mountainside and five Ravens circled above.  

 The tell tale signs of thrushes, using the hard surfaces around the cemetery to crack open snail shells
Highlights from the lowlands and around the farm included two Common Snipes at one of the ponds, a Song Thrush spooked from gorse growing along the field boundaries, single Meadow Pipit and five Stonechats, one in the lowlands and the other four around the farm.

Down on the narrows at high tide Redshanks fed alongside Oystercatchers around the grassy areas and the slowly dissipating pool which appears after heavy rainfall. The Turnstones were as usual industriously picking through the rocks and sea weed emitting their bubbly calls to each other as they were disturbed and flew across the bay. The Curlew flock which numbered 34 today were seen disappearing south towards the lighthouse where they can quite often been seen. A total of 16 Choughs were again present but no sign of the Hooded Crow which seems to come and go as it pleased.

With such rough weather in recent weeks this was only the second chance of a pleasant enough night to set the moth trap, hopefully it will be more successful than the last effort!

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