Monday, 22 May 2017

After a few rather uninspiring days, a couple of sightings of note inspired some hope of improvement. The days standout highlight was two Black Guillemots north past the South End at 08:05, the pick of the bunch on a considerably improved day for seawatching. Five Black-headed Gulls and two Sandwich Terns were also of note, while the commoner species were well represented, including 751 Manx Shearwaters, 672 Guillemots, 435 Razorbills, 101 Gannets, 57 Kittiwakes and 46 Puffins

Two respendlently-plumaged Sanderlings were the pick of the bunch of a few waders on Solfach, that also included seven Turnstones, four Whimbrels, two Curlews and two Dunlins. Meanwhile overhead passage was once again modest, but 78 Swallows, 44 House Martins and two Sand Martins were recorded.

The only grounded migrant obviously new in was a Grey Wagtail at Henllwyn in the morning, an unusual sighting for the time of year! Perhaps a failed breeder, or a wandering 1st-summer bird? It's surely too early in the year for juvenile dispersal, although the bird never gave good enough views to age it. Otherwise, it was a bit of a guessing game whether we had any new migrants on the island, amongst totals of eight Sedge Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, three Whitethroats, two Collared Doves and a Lesser Redpoll. With all seemingly breeding or at least over-summering on the island this year, it seems likely that this accounts for most if not all of those logged today.

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