Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The day started with a stiff breeze which continued throughout only to be intersected by brief spells of light drizzle. A decent array of birds were once again on our shores with Brent Goose being an addition to the year. A single juvenile of this species touched down in Solfach late morning before disappearing as quickly as it appeared.

A flighty Lapland Bunting was found on the South End in the morning cavorting with the migrant Meadow Pipit and Linnet flocks passing through. What was perhaps the same bird was heard over Plas in the evening too.

The mixed wader flock on the Narrows took up most of the attention during the afternoon with 81 Turnstones, eight Redshanks, one Snipe, five Purple Sandpipers, 14 Ringed Plovers, 24 Dunlins, two Knots, six Bar-tailed Godwit, and one Sanderling present. Most continue their habit of showing down to a few feet!

Bar -tailed Godwit
Ringed Plovers 
 Turnstone

Sea-watching produced four Arctic Skuas, one Mediterranean Gull, 172 Razorbills, one Common Scoter, and the first autumn trickle of Common Gulls, eight in total. Light ‘vismig’ produced 127 Swallows, 85 House Martins, one Yellow Wagtail, seven Grey Wagtails, and 13 White Wagtails, whilst one Kestrel, one Water Rail, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler, and 16 Goldcrests let themselves known around the island.

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