Friday, 9 August 2019

A few days ago some strong winds were forecast, and today was the first day of said strong winds. It was gusting at 50mph with heavy rain pouring down at irregular intervals, and so no boats made a crossing over to Bardsey. But tomorrow is forecast to be worse, which means that our 'Golden Oldies' have lost a day of their time here!

A morning seawatch was slightly less productive than hoped, but between the hours of 0800-0930, 67 Gannets, four Razorbills, 51 Kittiwakes, seven Sandwich Terns, three Common Terns and 863 Manx Shearwaters were seen, mainly flying south.

Good wader counts were had today though, particularly for Turnstones of which there were 46 (the year's high count!), also around were 28 Dunlins, one Sanderling, four Ringed Plover, three Whimbrels, 50 Curlews, seven Redshanks and three Common Sandpipers.

Because of the waders down on the beach and the strong winds, the assistant wardens attempted to catch a few after the sun went down. Unfortunately the tide was going out at the same time the sun disappeared. We hoped it wouldn't matter too much, but in the end we just about caught two Dunlins and narrowly missed a Common Sandpiper. Still, all good fun though... If a bit wet and windy!

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