Sunday, 17 July 2016

Fantastic sunshine almost all day made it a truly lovely day outside, but the birdlife reminded us autumn is nipping at summer's heels. An early Balearic Shearwater cruised past the South End mid-morning, the first this year, with one Sandwich Tern13 Black-headed Gulls, and 29 Puffins also recorded at sea.

The Narrows continues to provide most of the island excitement as small parties of waders come and ago throughout the day. Today three Grey Herons, 202 Oystercatchers, one Ringed Plover, one Golden Plover, one Dunlin, ten Whimbrels, 31 Curlews, three Redshanks, four Common Sandpipers, and 36 Turnstones graced the beaches.

The first noticeable hirundine passage of autumn totalled one Swift, 24 Sand Martins, 34 Swallows, and 11 House Martins with counts inland adding to one Cuckootwo Grey Wagtails, 21 Pied Wagtails, three Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers, and 103 Linnets.

In the morning four Risso's Dolphins moved south just off of Henllwyn.

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