Thursday, 22 September 2016

Breezy south-westerly winds prevailed today, and cleared the skies for a largely sunny day. Despite the less then suitable wind conditions, a good selection of birds were seen across the island today. The highlight of the day came in the form of a total of three Wrynecks, two of which appeared to be new arrivals. 
One of three Wrynecks on the island. 
Birds were seen at Ty Capel, Carreg Bach and Traeth Ffynnon

The Melodious Warbler continued to stay in the garden into its fourth week, and was retrapped in the morning, allowing guests to admire this subtle and intriguing bird. Also of note was a single Lapland Bunting heard calling on the morning census route through the wetlands, whilst the Brent Goose appeared to have relocated to the other side of the Narrows and was seen briefly sat in one of the puddles in Henllwyn.

Melodious Warbler

The sea was reasonably calm and therefore not the centre of attention today, however, this didn’t stop 191 Razorbills and five Common Scoters passing the west coast.

The Narrows continued to hold a good selection of waders including nine Ringed Plovers, one Knot, two Purple Sandpipers, 24 Dunlins, two Bar-tailed Godwits, six Redshanks and 57 Turnstones. Wagtails and Pipits were also observed amongst the waders, with a total of 21 White Wagtails being seen on the Narrows.

Ringed Plover having a squabble with a neighbouring bird
 Ringed Plover head
 Turnstone
 Turnstone
mixed Wader flock
A singing solitary Pied Wagtail
and one of the 21 White Wagtails present

There were more signs of migration on the island, some migrants coming from nearby and others from further afield. Seen in the foliage were a Garden Warbler, three Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and 44 Goldcrests. Whereas, 32 Swallows, 10 House Martins and 11 Grey Wagtials were evidence of visible migration. Additionally, there were two Teals, two Water Rails and four Snipes recorded on the island.

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