Friday, 4 March 2016

Slightly calmer winds today but, in exchange, bitterly cold with brief showers of sleet made the morning far from pleasant. 

The wintering Whimbrel was a very nice first sighting of the morning at the narrows, at rest out of the weather on the eastern side where a small flock of Curlews passed by heading towards Pen Cristin. The lingering Shelduck pair were again together along with a few Mallards, nine Redshanks, seven Turnstones, single Pied WagtailShag and Cormorant resting on the rocks at the entrance to the Henllwyn and 45 Grey Seals. Just out from western side three Gannets swooped and skimmed the sea heading north. Rock Pipit numbers around the narrows have been low over the past few days, today was no different with only six noted. Three Carrion Crows, a Magpie and two Choughs were also seen.

A baffling discovery of two yellow colour rings, together on the narrows just north of Solfach was a puzzling find. Presumably from a Chough, the rings were still fully formed and glued together, the hole too small to slip off the foot and no sighting of a deceased bird, feathers or any sign of predation. Although we can only speculate on what occurred, last season a juvenile Chough from the nest on the south end was ringed with two yellow colour rings...

The mystery colour rings

Elsewhere little else was seen but three Ravens soared high above the mountain, a Song Thrush sneaked around Nant, a couple of Chaffinches picked their way along the track and a Porpoise was seen in the Bardsey Sound.

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