Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Winds up to 67mph and driving rain for most of the day made censusing very difficult. A walk down the the narrows in the afternoon once the worst of the conditions had passed would be the only port of call today unfortunately. On the narrows pounding waves and winds driving sea spray and foam across the narrows made for an interesting walk. On the sheltered side of the narrows, Henllwyn, is where most of the wildlife resided. A small haul out of Grey Seals today with only 41 seen. Roosting on the rocks were 97 Oystercatchers, 57 Curlews and 12 Redshanks. Foraging in amongst the seaweed also on this side were severn Turnstones and ten Rock Pipits. Two Ravens were again on their favourite patch of seaweed along with three Magpies and a Pied Wagtail, but Choughs were absent from this section of the island today.
The "calm" after the storm
Little else was noted on the island during the raging storm. 14 Choughs seeked shelter on the side of the mountain behind some of the stone walls. The Mallards, numbering 17 today, took up residence on one of the ponds, a wise choice as the west coast where they gather was pounded by incredible waves all day. Three Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, a couple of Moorhens and a Chaffinch were the only extra additions in land.