Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The wind swung around to the north-east today and had a distinct chill to it compared to yesterday. Humongous (great word) rain clouds passed by either side of the island, darkening the sky and threatening a deluge but surprisingly we managed to remain dry. A Greenshank seen briefly in Henllwyn late in the morning was a fine island scarcity but alas it was otherwise a quiet day for migrants.

Birds logged today included a Fulmar, 20 Manx Shearwaters, 12 Gannets, a Grey Heron, a Sparrowhawk, two Buzzards, two Peregrines, two Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, five Whimbrels, three Kittiwakes, three Puffins, a Collared Dove, a Little Owl, a Skylark, two Sand Martins, 72 Swallows, 10 House Martins, three Stonechats, nine Wheatears, eight Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 17 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, a Goldcrest, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Chaffinch, nine Goldfinches, 33 Linnets and two Lesser Redpolls.

It often seems to happen on the dreariest and cloudiest of days that the horizon clears just before sundown and we're treated to the most breathtaking sunsets. Is there a reason for it? Some kind of change in atmospheric conditions just before dusk? I'm probably thinking too deeply into it, and I'm certainly not going to complain!

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