Saturday, 29 October 2016

A Mute Swan heading north east past Henllwyn and the Narrows was only the 10th record for the island but the second time this species has been recorded this year! Other wildfowl were fairly thin on the ground with only three Common Scoters passing by at sea along with two Teals. Gulls were again prolific as groups again fed around the island and past by. Black-headed Gulls and Herring Gulls were the most numerous with 487 and 485 seen respectively. Kittiwakes were intermingled in the feeding flocks along the West Coast and 104 were recorded, along with them were ten Mediterranean Gulls, ten Common Gulls and eight Greater Black-backed Gulls. Other species seen off the coast were 25 Gannets, 18 Guillemots and 496 Razorbills.

A new Yellow-browed Warbler was discovered at Nant in the morning proving extremely restless but flitted about the willows calling, other than that warbler numbers were thin on the ground with just two Black Redstart, a Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs and 18 Goldcrests seen. There were very few other notable movements of birds, the usual raptors patrolled the island, a pair of SparrowhawksKestrel and Merlin, meanwhile overhead a Grey Wagtail, 31 Skylarks, 32 Fieldfares, nine Redwings 272 Starlings and small numbers of Bramblings, Siskins, Goldfinch, Linnets and Reed Buntings passed by, whilst on the ground 17 Robins, two Stonechats and 15 Blackbirds were noted.

Two Common Snipes, a WoodcockWhimbrel, 30 Curlews, three Redshanks, 27 Turnstones and 31 Oystercatchers were waders for the day.

One of many moulted Grey Seal pups, this one deciding to take refuge behind the hide on Solfach

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