Sunday, 11 September 2016

Sea passage dominated today’s sightings as the wind increased throughout the day. A morning gazing over choppy seas produced excellent counts of 51 Fulmars, 152 Manx Shearwaters, 153 Gannets, 107 Common Scoters, 2412 Kittiwakes, seven Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, 17 Sandwich Terns, 22 Common Terns, 59 Arctic Terns, five ‘commicTerns, and 300 Razorbills. Coming through with them were a decent haul of scarcities with a Sooty Shearwater found first off gliding past the North End. A fine juvenile Long-tailed Skua put in a brief appearance chasing Kittiwakes south along the West Coast. Two separate first-winter Little Gulls were picked out along the streams of endless Kittiwakes, as well a flock of three Black Terns, and yet another Little Tern for the year. A winter plumaged Black Guillemot speeding past completed the set in an excellent sea-watch.

Not to be outdone by the sea, the inland bushed pulled one back with the discovery of juvenile Icterine Warbler in Nant Withy. The bird put in a few very brief appearances before hiding amongst the rather windy vegetation. The Melodious Warbler continues its Bardsey holiday allowing helpful comparison with the previous species. Singles of Teal and Kestrel were recorded as well as the first Skylark of the autumn. More passage included eight Sand Martins, 50 Swallows, three Tree Pipits, one Whinchat, ten Chiffchaffs, nine Willow Warblers, and 14 Goldcrests.

Waders today proved interesting with one Ringed Plover, 17 Sanderlings, five Dunlins, five Snipes, 76 Turnstones, and a massive 73 Bar-tailed Godwits recorded. The total of 53 Oystercatchers is the highest count for a few weeks.

A confiding Bar-tailed Godwit that has been feeding on Solfach the last few days

One of the 70-90 Turnstones seen most day on the Narrows

In the non-avian world Grey Seal pups now number three whilst an impressive seven Speckled Woods at Nant probably constitutes a new island record. More research is needed. Lastly, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth flew along the track between Plas and Carreg Bach.

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