Sunday, 3 December 2017

A good number of Common Snipe were seen today, nine were recorded between the rocks at low tide around the Narrows and a boggy area on the South End to the east of the Lighthouse. Not the only decent number of waders noted however as a Lapwing, Whimbrel, 31 Curlews, 12 Redshanks, 22 Turnstones and 17 Oystercatchers were also present close by.

A good passage of Auks were recorded over a 30 minute period off the South end with 670 Guillemots, 13 Razorbills and 100 unidentified Auk sp. A Red-throated Diver, two Great Northern Divers, Diver sp, Gannet and two Common Scoter were other notables from sea watches.

A Merlin patrolled the southern parts of the island in search of prey, which seems to consist of mostly Rock Pipits of which 15 were seen, a pair of Shelduck bobbed just off shore in Henllwyn as a juvenile Grey Heron resided amongst the coastal rock pools and 18 Choughs fed amongst the sand and seaweed on Solfach. Over the past week or so Thrushes again were a feature with a variety of species scattered about the island, mostly feeding in the fields below the farm, Ty Pellaf, and the Observatory. Amongst the gardens were, 16 Blackbirds, four Song Thrushes and a Mistle Thrush, the final tallies. Elsewhere a Water Rail was still present in Nant Withy, two Stonechats and single Goldcrest and Goldfinch were noted.

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