Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Today picked up where yesterday left off, with dense fog covering the island and a cool north-easterly breeze blowing in the damp air. Visibility was extremely poor but George and Alex set off in hope of finding migrants that may have been forced down by the fog.

Ty Capel in the fog

Whilst the Withies were quiet, a walk around the Narrows and South End proved more productive. Six Purple Sandpipers and six Dunlins were on and around the Narrows, along with 84 Turnstones, 56 Oystercatchers and seven Skylarks. A lone Golden Plover sat in front of the lighthouse and a single Siskin were the highlights from the South End.

Three Yellow Wagtails were seen flying around the fields on the way back to the Obs and upon return a Reed Bunting was heard calling in the garden, the second record of this species for the year and the first of the autumn. Meanwhile, Steve had headed north to Nant where a Pied Flycatcher and a female Redstart were present, the latter being the first recorded since August.

Chiffchaff at Ty Nesaf

It wasn't until 3 o'clock that the fog eventually began to clear and the temperature started to rise. There was a notable increase in activity, most evident at Ty Nesaf and Nant where Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests could be seen feeding amongst the pines where the Pied Flycatcher was still present. Two Kestrels were seen hunting together at the North End but the highlight of the day came when an Osprey was seen flying low along the West Coast before circling around the Narrows and was then lost to view. It was seen again later this evening attempting to hunt in Solfach and Henllwyn before being mobbed by Oystercatchers and a Peregrine. It subsequently headed North out to sea and was once again lost to view. This was the first record this autumn and the second of the year.

Osprey circling in front of the lighthouse
Hunting in Solfach
A Peregrine in pursuit of the Osprey 

Other totals / sightings: one Great Spotted Woodpecker, one Tree Pipit, five Blackcaps, 24 Chiffchaffs, two Willlow Warblers and 11 Goldcrests.

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