|Water Rail prints along the main track through the island|
Thursday, 24 November 2016
The first port of call was an early walk south through the Wetlands and towards the Narrows. Whilst moving through the long grasses and boggy areas four Common Snipes took off with their erratic flight, some dropping back down into the wetlands, some disappearing out of sight. A Skylark also took flight as Wrens emitted their noisy grating alarm calls from all around, whilst a smart male Stonechat perched up on some nearby brambles. Around the Narrows it was fairly quiet on the whole but wasn't without its highlights, another Snipe, but this time a Jack Snipe was hiding amongst the rocks higher up from the tide line, taking flight and heading in a northerly direction. The Curlew flock, numbering 36 today, roosted on Henllwyn, the largest bay on the eastern side of the Narrows along with 28 Oystercatcher, which were later joined by three Lapwings, meanwhile four Mallards, five Redshanks, a couple of Meadow Pipits, five Rock Pipits and two Linnets were close by.
Elsewhere further north towards Nant a Little Owl called whilst a Kestrel and Peregrine soared above. Below at the Plantation a male Blackcap flitted amongst the pines in the last warm rays of the setting sun, two Goldcrests were also present, eight Blackbirds, four Song Thrushes and a Redwing constituted thrush numbers and the Blue Tit, 120 Starlings, a Chaffinch, seven Robins, and two Dunnocks were additionals.