Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Ramsey Sound and Porth Clais to Porthlysgi Bay area

Ramsey Sound was generally quiet today. A few birds passed through during the morning, including another great northern diver, a few more common scoters and a couple of med gulls (adults) one north and one south. In the afternoon more med gulls moved south between c. 14:00hrs and 1500hrs - a total of 8 (all adults) plus small numbers of common gulls during a 2.5 hour period.

An earlier walk along the coast to Porthlysgi Bay from Porth Clais was also quiet for birds but provided a bit more variety. Several turnstones and oystercatchers were feeding in the bay on the rising tide. One of the oycs was probing the soft mud and managing to extract some long, very thin worms as the tide came in.

It was clearly worth the effort probing into a the tide-covered mud to obtain these rather thin, stringy worms
Among some black-headed gulls and herring gulls in Porthlysgi Bay were two 1st winter kittiwakes and a 1st winter little gull. This was presumed to be the individual that has occasionally been noted in Ramsey Sound this winter.

On the way back to Porth Clais a kestrel was hunting over the coastal heath and it was nice to see a black redstart feeding alongside some stonechats in pasture adjacent to the coast path.