Monday, 3 October 2016

Our prayers were answered today when the winds eventually swung around and showed a sniff of easterlies. The day proved to be blustery, but clear, sunny and pleasant. With some favourable winds, it wasn’t long before the first two Yellow-browed Warblers of the year were found in Ty Pellaf Withy and Nant Withy respectively, a much anticipated and awaited bird for the autumn. Other highlights of the day were a Jack Snipe found in the Wetlands amongst three Snipe and a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the garden, both the first records of the autumn.

Yellow-browed Warbler seen briefly in the bracken at Nant

Although conditions were far from ideal, those who watched the sea today were rewarded with 23 Common Scoters, two Pomarine Skuas, one Arctic Skua, four Mediterranean Gulls, one Little Gull, a good passage of 187 Black-headed Gulls and 357 Razorbills.

A good selection of waders continued to occupy the Narrows eight Ringed Plovers, 13 Purple Sandpipers, 17 Dunlins, one Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrels, five Redshanks and 58 Turnstones were all seen feeding and resting in either Solfach or Henllwyn.

Some of the first signs of thrush passage were also visible with two Song Thrushes and two Redwings recorded. Three Merlins continued to hunt across the island as well, occasionally being seen bombing through chasing prey. Whilst other migrants across the island included, five Grey Herons, one Water Rail, nine Skylarks, 25 Swallows, one Tree Pipit, five Grey Wagtails, eight Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 26 Goldcrests, one Firecrest and a Spotted Flycatcher.

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