Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Today was a bit of a wash out unfortunately, with winds whipping across the island from the South West and horizontal rain. Far fewer passerines were logged today, since most were hunkered down and sheltering from the harsh weather.

Waders around the island still stood up to the elements and 104 Oystercatchers were logged on the Narrows. Also present there were 18 Turnstones, ten Curlews and a Whimbrel. Alternatively, 2 Snipes were flushed from the boggy areas of the island.

Instead our attention was drawn to the sea, were 14 Kittiwakes, 22 Guillemots and ten Razorbills passed. However, quite a spectacle was the swarm of Herring Gulls feeding in Solfach, with over 300 of today’s 476 seen there.

Meadow Pipit numbers dropped drastically, only 56 were logged today, along with four Rock Pipits and nine Pied Wagtails. Some other passerine migrants were recorded including four Stonechats, four Wheatears, 17 Chiffchaffs, 18 Goldcrests, 97 Linnets and a Reed Bunting. The highlight of the day however, was a Black Redstart seen around the Nant area, adding to the impressive run of this species recently.

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