Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A day on the Gwylans meant coverage was limited, but nontheless a surprising amount was seen. I hate to break it to you, but it's definitively autumn now! Our highest passage of Swifts of the year, with 94 heading south, was by far the morning's highlight. Amongst them were 26 House Martins also heading south, and a Grey Heron moving in the same direction high overhead, while two 1st-summers were on Henllwyn. A group of five Sandwich Terns passed North past Solfach, and in the evening a Buzzard arrived from the North over the mountain. Three Curlew were also seen around today. On land a few migrants were noted, including most notably a Lesser Whitethroat at Nant. A single Spotted Flycatcher was also seen at the Plantation.

The Gwylans were excellent as always, with good numbers of Puffin, Shag and Herring Gulls on Ynys Gwylan Fawr, although Great Black-backed Gulls seemed to be in particularly low numbers, with poor productivity this year. Both many Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills, Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls were ringed; mostly juveniles but a few adults of the two Auks.
Photos from the Gwylans today; juvenile Shag and Guillemot © Ben Porter

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