Sunday, 22 May 2016
Apart from a brief shower in the morning, the day was simply gorgeous leaving behind a stunning sunset too. Some top drawer birds were to be found as well. A female Shoveller watched flying out of Henllwyn late morning was just the 25th record for the island, with the last records coming in 2013. Similarly, a Black-throated Diver flying past the South End in the early hours is a good sighting of this barely annual species. To cap it off a Turtle Dove (or possibly two) put in a multitude of appearances from Plas to Pen Cristin.
A bit of hirundine movement totalled 180 Swallows, 56 House Martins and out highest count of Swifts this year, with 12 seen. Warbler numbers remained low as with ten Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, one Blackcap, five Chiffchaffs, and one Willow Warbler present though 17 Spotted Flycatchers were a nice increase. Also around were one Grey Heron, eight Common Scoters, two Kestrels, 19 Turnstones, one Grey Wagtail, one Hooded Crow, and eight Lesser Redpolls. Of note were 47 Green-veined Whites being the biggest count this year, it won’t be long before these are in their hundreds across the Lowland fields.