Tuesday, 30 May 2017

It's been very overdue, but at long last a good scarcity graced the island today! The fine female RED-BACKED SHRIKE found near Ty Pellaf mid-morning was our first record since autumn 2008, and 30th record in total. Meanwhile, in the very early hours of the morning, the first two Storm-petrels of the year were retrapped on Pen Cristin.

A nice scatter of late migrants was to be found on land as well. A Cuckoo was flushed out of Ty Pellaf shortly after the Shrike was found, and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling from Nant Mountain, our first record in almost three weeks (the last was on the 11th). Six Chiffchaffs, three Blackcaps, two Spotted Flycatchers and two Willow Warblers were also logged, alongside the same Blue-headed Wagtail seen yesterday.

47 Swallows, 20 House Martins and a single Sand Martin moved through overhead, while seawatching revealed very little other than just 344 Manx Shearwaters. A Little Egret, quite possibly the same as yesterday, was again seen briefly flying down the coast in the morning. On the Narrows Grey Herons had increased to three, but otherwise there were just four Dunlins, three Whimbrels and a Curlew.

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