Monday, 30 April 2018

Ynyslas today

The first day of a week long holiday at Ynyslas wasn't quite as prolific as I'd hoped. The bitterly cold northerly wind was most likely to blame for the overall lack of migrants. As a result it seemed that the sea was about the best place to be watching. I spent 3 hours seawatching, an hour or so VisMigging and 5 hours walking around Ynyslas.

From the brickhouse there were 156 Common Scoter, 68 Sandwich Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Kittiwakes, 8 Red-throated Divers, 10 Shelduck and singles of Whimbrel and Curlew. 
VisMig was almost non-existent with only a few birds braving the winds, 9 Goldfinches, 30+ Swallows, 2 Sand Martins, 3 Swifts, 7 Whimbrel and 2 White Wagtails all north were the only notable sightings.
Migrants in the general area included 6 Greenland Wheatears, 3 Grasshopper Warblers, 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 60+ Linnets, 30 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpipers and c.15 Sandwich Terns in the mouth of the estuary.