Monday, 12 September 2016

Another day of sea-watching produced the goods again this time one Pomarine Skua, four Arctic Skuas, and one Great Skua the highlights. The first two Wigeons of the autumn sped past as did five Common Scoters and a good count of 36 Arctic Terns.

The Icterine Warbler showed well in the afternoon drizzle at Nant Withy with a Pied Flycatcher in the same bushes. The day’s strong winds made counts difficult though one Skylark, nine Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, and nine Goldcrests were also recorded. Three Grey Herons continue to be seen around the island’s coast, though how much turnover each day is hard to judge.

A single Knot was on Solfach late in the evening and a Golden Plover flew past the North End, with further waders represented by one Purple Sandpiper, eight Dunlins, eight Snipes, three Bar-tailed Godwits, and 75 Turnstones.

A solitary Redshank keeping a watchful eye on Henllwyn


Perhaps the best sighting of the day went to the brief Leatherback Turtle seen surfacing close in off the North End.

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