Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Cold, but weaker, easterly winds persisted overnight and throughout the day, however the ease in the weather didn't facilitate much in the way of movements but some nice sightings were  recorded.

A camera trap placed alongside a small flood pool on the Narrows, which appears in times of heavy rain, captured a pair of drake Teals feeding amongst the temporary quagmire. This species was not recorded during any of the days prior, providing a good example of what can go unseen on the island, or equally what goes on during the pitch dark hours of the night. Hopefully more interesting sightings or interesting behaviour that can go unseen may be captured over the coming weeks.

During the morning small groups of Chaffinches passed north over the farm, Observatory and Nant, although not many, 21, it was pleasant sign of some movements of birds through the island, a Goldfinch and Reed Bunting also joined them. The Common Buzzards spent some time on Pen Cristin perching on the banks and stone walls there, periodically dropping into the grassy fields below and reappearing once again to perch, presumably finding invertebrates to feast on. A pair of Stonechats and most of the six Meadow Pipits recorded today habited the adjacent fields along with Starlings, 392 the total by the end of the day. Little Owls have become extremely elusive as of late with only the odd birds being heard, not in any consistency, one called for a few moments at Nant during the evening, falling silent soon after. Rooks were again present in the North West Fields, numbering eight, seven Choughs glided around the Narrows and nearby nine Oystercatchers, 15 Curlews and seven Redshanks were the waders present, a Water Rail, 11 Blackbirds, a Fieldfarethree Song Thrushes and six Redwing being additional sightings.

A smart adult Mediterranean Gull and six Common Gulls fed amongst the daily gathering of gulls off the west, Black-headed Gulls being the most numerous at 101, followed by 49 Kittiwakes.

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