Saturday, 10 September 2016

After yesterday’s 50 mph winds it was great to wake to a calm sea, where a morning’s sea-watch proved very successful. At 0720 a pristine Great Shearwater cruised slowly past the West Coast giving great views. This scarce visitor in the Irish Sea has only five previous records from the island with the last being on 7th September 2011, and all previous occurring during late August and the first two weeks of September. Further interesting sightings from out at sea include 23 Fulmars, 89 Gannets, 26 Common Scoters, one Pomarine Skua, seven Arctic Skuas, 1705 Kittiwakes, five Sandwich Terns, and 309 Razorbills.

Late in the day the other day’s highlight appeared with a Wryneck seen hiding around the back of Ty Pellaf and commuting up onto the slopes of Pen Cristin. This becomes the third of the autumn and fifth of the year so far.

The subtle beauty of a Wryneck

The day was pretty decent for passing migrants with seven Bar-tailed Godwits, six Grey Herons, one Kestrel, 128 Swallows, one Tree Pipit, 102 Meadow Pipits, 23 Grey Wagtails, 13 Pied Wagtails, five White Wagtails, two Whinchats, 15 Wheatears, one Reed Warbler, one Melodious Warbler (still!), one Blackcap, seven Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, and 12 Goldcrests recorded. 


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