Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Although it was a day of some nice sightings, the most intriguing event of the day was a Red Admiral that flitted across one of the gardens up at Nant. Clearly extremely early to be a genuine migrant, this individual was mostly likely coaxed out of hibernation by the fairly warm temperatures and sunshine of the day.

Down the West Coast, heading South onto the Narrows and the South End the usual species were on show providing a pleasant mornings census. A pair of Shelduck were present in Cafn whilst 22 Mallards occupied the inlets along the West Coast. A small group of seven Purple Sandpipers hid amongst the rocks around the Narrows. Additional waders included 81 Oystercatchers, 48 Curlews, 13 Redshanks, 20 Turnstones seen close by along with a gathering of 19 Common Snipes just East of the Lighthouse noted.

Elsewhere a Sparrowhawk was seen passing the farm, a Common Buzzard soared above the mountain along with 18 Choughs and three Ravens. Meanwhile three Meadow PipitsLittle Owl, Song ThrushGoldcrest and 60 Starlings were recorded.

Passage was quiet offshore however a Great Northern Diver, Gannet, eight Guillemots, three Razorbills, two Cormorants and two Shags were seen.

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