Sunday, 7 January 2018

A single Whooper Swan seen from the south end heading over Pen Cristin, cutting across the Narrows and north up the island was certainly the highlight of the day, but there were also more signs of other birds "new in". A Common Snipe was flushed from the boggy areas surrounding the Lighthouse, ten Curlews, two Redshanks and 41 Oystercatchers residing nearby.

Towards the farm a single Fieldfare hopped from bank to bank below Ty Pellaf, the first seen for a few weeks, four Redwings were also new arrivals and were present amongst other thrushes including five Blackbirds and six Song Thrushes. A Pair of Stonechats were content perching amongst the lobster pots and vehicles situated at the Boathouse, six Meadow Pipits were spread between the lowlands and the mountainside, 140 Starlings picked through the short grassy fields and two Goldfinches, one seen the previous day, sheltered amongst the pines at Ty Nesaf at the north end of the island.

The "larder" of what is presumably a Little Owl judging by the pellet size and contents, was found amongst the nooks and crannies of the 13th Century Abby at Nant
Throughout the day a large gathering of around 800 Black-headed Gulls, seven Common Gulls and ten Kittiwakes, moved up and down the West Coast, four Gannets passing by the feeding frenzy early on. A good tally of 187 Grey Seals were also logged, 166 around Henllwyn and 21 around the South End.

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