SKOMER: The Island’s second Great White Egret flew over (14th). Wrynecks were present all month, with three (23rd). An Icterine Warbler was present (10th-19th), with a Melodious Warbler (10th) and one or two Yellow-browed Warblers (21st-22nd).
SKOMER MIGRANTS: A Red-throated Diver was seen (22nd). Seawatching (4th) produced seven Sooty Shearwaters and four Balearic Shearwaters, with two of the latter (12th) and singles (13th-14th). Maxima included two Greylags, scarce here, a Wigeon, 18 Teal, ten Shovelers, 61 Common Scoters, eight Ringed Plovers, 12 Golden Plovers, four Grey Plovers, a Knot, two Little Stints, three Purple Sandpipers, 16 Dunlin, a Ruff, seven Snipe, three Black-tailed Godwits, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, five Whimbrels, 23 Curlews, a Redshank, Common Sandpiper and 28 Turnstones. A Hen Harrier, five Sparrowhawks, eight Kestrels and a Merlin hunted. Six Arctic Skuas and eight Great Skuas were logged. There were Mediterranean Gulls (14th and 16th), a Little Gull and Sabine’s Gull (13th), 29 Sandwich Terns (5th), 16 Black Terns (12th), and 30 Common Terns, 60 ‘commic’ terns, an Arctic Tern and three Black Terns (13th). Two Puffins were seen (4th), with one (5th). Swifts were recorded (21st and 26th). Maxima included seven Sand Martins, 11,040 Swallows, eight House Martins, Tree Pipits on four dates, a Yellow Wagtail, nine Grey Wagtails, five White Wagtails, eight Whinchats, 30 Stonechats, 13 Wheatears, a Song Thrush, Grasshopper Warblers, two Reed Warblers, ten Sedge Warblers, 12 Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroats, 13 Chiffchaffs, 18 Willow Warblers, 23 Goldcrests, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Flycatchers, a Rook, 105 Ravens, a few Chaffinches, a Greenfinch, 74 Goldfinches, 280 Linnets and two Lapland Buntings. Ed Stubbings (skomer.warden@welshwildlife. org)