Sunday, 15 May 2016

Not a cloud in the sky today made temperatures rise and birds to soar. Two separate Ospreys passed over in these thermals, one on the East Side of the Mountain in the morning and another over the West Coast and Mountain at lunchtime.  The surprise find in the fine weather was a dapper male Ortolan Bunting watched on the ground behind Ty Pellaf in the morning. The bird flew off southwards soon after but could not be re-found. Thirdly, a Tree Sparrow was found at Nant at midday; continuing a rather good spell for this species recently.

Where the Ortolan Bunting was feeding and a glorious sight to boot

Record shot of one of the Ospreys heading north
A dark phase Arctic Skua marauding off the South End was the best sighting at sea, though 1101 Manx Shearwaters and 11 Common Scoters were noteworthy.
Counts of waders on The Narrows at high tide culminated in seven Sanderlings, two Purple Sandpipers, nine Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrels, one Curlew, and eight Turnstones.
A female Whinchat in the Lowlands was new in with other interesting migrants totalling two Collared Doves, three Sand Martins, 307 Swallows, 13 House Martins, one White Wagtail, 26 Wheatears, nine Sedge Warblers, nine Whitethroats, one Garden Warbler, five Blackcaps, 12 Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler, two Spotted Flycatchers, five Siskins, and 12 Lesser Redpolls.

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