Sunday, 11 December 2016

Although not much in the way of new arrivals the island was busy with life, the Narrows particularly so.

Freshly washed up seaweed was industrially picked through by various species, predominately Choughs, of which ten were seen, however other corvids, five Magpies and two Carrion Crows also joined in along with a handful of Rock Pipits. A fantastic count of 52 Curlews roosted in Henllwyn with a sneaky Whimbrel which was only identified as the flock took flight and the distinctive rapid piping "pupupupup" flight call was emitted. Whimbrel has been logged twice this month and assuming its the same individual could potentially over winter as one did last year. A Merlin whipped across the Narrows early on, a healthy flock of 23 Mallards bobbed in the sea just off shore from Solfach and a Grey Heron, 12 Redshanks, 14 Turnstones, four Linnets and 70 Starlings were also noted.

The Pink-footed Geese, still eight, have been stubborn enough to extend their stay on the island occupying the same few fields and were joined by a few Herring Gulls during the morning. A small flock of Redwings burst from the Observatory garden, meanwhile small numbers of the regular species over the past weeks were logged across the island, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, two Song Thrushes, a Stonechat and two Goldcrests the highlights.

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