Monday, 15 February 2016

A Song Thrush sheltering behind banks and a sneaky Merlin disappearing out of sight was a nice start at the north end whilst walking towards one of the hides. From the hide little passed out at sea just 12 Guillemots, two Black-headed Gulls, four Common Gulls, three Cormorants, three Fulmars, one Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver.

Further down and onto the west coast the Curlew flock numbering 45 today were seen heading out west over the narrows to Carreg Yr Henwy, a small group of rocks a couple hundred meters off shore. Nice views of a Whimbrel taking shelter close to the sea. A number of Oystercatchers and Rock Pipits and two Redshanks dotted the coast. Ten Mallards were also seen at their favoured west coast spot.

Poor image taken through a telescope of the Whimbrel resting on the west coast, most likely the same bird that has over wintered

A juvenile Grey Heron and Common Buzzard were a welcome sight and added something a bit different to the day. The former wearily hung around a pond at Nant and the later seemed to favour the west side of the mountain, occasionally given a hard time when it was spotted by the local Carrion Crows but somehow avoiding the gaze of the four Ravens that also patrolled the mountain.

Two moths were trapped over night, the only species of moth being caught at present, Mottled Greys

Checking the identification of the two Mottled Greys caught over night

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