Saturday, 20 May 2017

Migrants were scarce on the ground today with a prevailing westerly wind. However, a good variety of birds were once again recorded today.

Out to sea 245 Manx Shearwaters were recorded along with 26 Gannets and three Black-headed Gulls. The second calendar year Grey Heron continues its break on Bardsey seen around both the Wetlands and the Narrows. A surprise today were two Teals and another obvious migrant was a Kestrel at Pen Cristin.

Wader numbers have unfortunately tapered off now with only three Whimbrel, one Curlew and a Turnstone recorded. Chough work and seabird monitoring around the East Side ended with a total of 241 Kittiwakes, 912 Guillemots, 612 Razorbills and 40 Puffins logged, most of which were on ledges and at an early stage of incubation.

Swallows and House Martins were also seen today with 55 and three seen respectively. The migrant breeders today included 12 Stonechats, 11 Wheatears, 11 Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats and six Chiffchaffs. Also logged today were a Blackcap, two Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers and two Lesser Redpolls.

A late, notable record was a Long-eared Owl hunting over Ty Pellaf at dusk.

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