Sunday, 14 April 2019

A stronger wind today around 30mph from the east giving a chill to the island and making birding not always easy at times. It was mostly overcast with some breaks of sun throughout the day.

The highlight of the day were two Teals bombing around the wetlands landing on various pools, not a common bird here in the spring. Also, a Jackdaw was around the paddocks, again not a common bird here in the spring, and an increase in Whimbrel to three birds, and White Wagtails to seven were more signs of spring movement. Linnets increased to 72 birds, an expected increase for this time of year as more breeding birds come in, there were 15 Willow Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs and nine Blackcaps and a single Redwing was on the narrows. Also present were 17 Wheatear,  five Stonechats, 6 Sand Martins moving through with three seen heading out to sea north, three Sandwich Terns were another good sighting, eight Curlews were in the bay and 35 Purple Sandpipers were seen on Carreg yr Honwy.

Herring Gull                      Lewis Hooper

Stonechat singing                    Lewis Hooper

Whimbrel                      Lewis Hooper

Teal                             Lewis Hooper

In the evening there were good numbers of Manx Shearwaters passing off shore. A brief half an hour seawatch between 1900 and 1930hrs produced a good count of 440 birds along with a few Gannets and Kittiwakes.

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