Saturday, 11 March 2017

For the most part of the morning heavy drizzle dampened the atmosphere, but proved to be a fruitful day out and about. Numbers of Chiffchaffs had risen from the first one the previous day to 13 scattered about the island, the majority around the Nant area. Meadow Pipits were also in abundance, 258 counted in small flocks through the centre of the island, as Pied Wagtails began to arrive, some singing, displaying and fighting with rival males around some of the buildings and eight Stonechats vied for position along fence lines. A couple of Song Thrushes darting from gorse bushes along the coast, six Goldcrests, 21 Starlings, a Merlin, a Common Buzzard and two Little Owls were others sightings.

A group of five Shelducks on the sea just off from Solfach was a sharp increase in numbers and eight Mallards were the only wildfowl seen. Close by three Whimbrels occupied the West Coast whilst 118 Oystercatchers, three Purple Sandpipers, 14 Curlews and two Redshanks rounded off the wader tallies.

The last couple of days has seen a mass of gulls gathering on Solfach, one of the beaches on the island, franticly sifting through the shallow waters there, presumably on an emergence of something, although it is not clear what it is. Today four Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 53 Herring Gulls and three Greater Black-backed Gull form the cacophany.

On a side note eight sizeable Barrel Jellyfish had been washed up in Cafn, magnificent to see up close.

One of eight Barrel Jellyfish washed up in Cafn. This particular individual was almost two foot in diameter!

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