Saturday, 21 January 2017

With some form of coverage back on the island and a beautifully calm, blue sky day there was plenty to see in terms of wildlife.

The Narrows were busy as ever with a good variety of species on show. On leaving the island a few weeks ago there was a single Shelduck, now there were three present, bobbing in Henllwyn. Scattered amongst the rocky coast there were small clusters of waders, 41 Oystercatchers, 10 Curlews, 12 Redshanks and 13 Turnstones. Picking through the rotting seaweed above Solfach was a group of 17 Choughs, 18 Rock Pipits and a single Starling. Meanwhile a Grey Heron passed overhead, 23 Mallards settled just off the West Coast where three Cormorants and a few Shags were also spotted.

At the northern end of the island a Common Buzzard was settled on one of the stone walls under the close supervision of a couple of Carrion Crows. A Woodcock was flushed from the side of the mountain above Nant whilst just below a Goldcrest could be heard amongst the pines of the Plantation and a Wood Pigeon circled above. The resident Little Owls were particularly vocal throughout the day, three individuals calling from various locations, a Fieldfare briefly alighted at the Observatory and a couple of pairs of Stonechats, two Song Thrushes, a Chaffinch and a handful of other common residents were noted.

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