Sunday, 25 September 2016

Fierce southerly winds with a touch of westerlies meant sea-watching was firmly on the agenda. A surprisingly decent movement of shearwaters resulted in three Sooty Shearwaters and 390 Manx Shearwaters tearing past southwards. Following their trails were two Fulmars, 132 Gannets, four Arctic Skuas, 484 Kittiwakes, four Guillemots, 382 Razorbills, and best of all, a lowly Black Tern playing hide-and-seek off the North End.

Birding inland in these conditions was hard work but yet again our reliable Wryneck put in an appearance at Ty Capel. Singles of Kestrel and Skylark were logged with four Swallows, two Blackcaps, two Chiffchaffs, 16 Goldcrests, and three Goldfinches noted.

Waders from the Narrows continue to provide interest and today totalled 11 Ringed Plovers, one Knot, three Purple Sandpipers, 12 Dunlins, one Snipe, one Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrels, 61 Curlews, 13 Redshanks, and 62 Turnstones.

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