Monday, 20 March 2017

Southerly winds and rain in the morning brought some much appreciated improvement in the birding today. While no quality birds have been found just yet, there was a marked increase in the number of many typical March migrants today. These included 271 Meadow Pipits, 32 Chiffchaffs, 21 Goldcrests, 21 Starlings, 19 Blackbirds, nine Wheatears, eight Pied Wagtails, six Redwings, two Song Thrushes, two Goldfinches, and singles of Blackcap, White Wagtail and Fieldfare. Birds were well scattered over most of the island, but particularly concentrated in the Nant area, which was hopping with Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blackbird and other species. Lets hope for more of the same in the days to come!

On the sea there were a few odds and ends; four Manx Shearwaters, a single Common Scoter through off the South End, a 2CY Common Gull south along the West Coast and a Red-throated Diver through Henllwyn the notables. It's generally very quiet for the usual Auks, Gannets, Kittiwakes and other expectes seabirds though.

Elsewhere, a single Teal was calling at dawn in the wetlands. The usual raptors were seen, pairs of Sparrowhawks and Peregrines, and singles of Buzzard and Merlin. Waders amounted to 109 Oystercatchers, 27 Turnstones, 14 Redshanks, 8 Curlews and two Snipes, and a single Water Rail was heard near Pwll Cain.

Chough on the Narrows

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