Thursday, 24 September 2009

An Icterine Warbler at Nant was the best bird of the day, although it is not certain whether it is a different bird to the one on Saturday or not. Two Redstarts were also at Nant, and whole-island counts of other small migrants included 20 Chiffchaffs, nine Goldcrests, two Blackcaps, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Song Thrush, four Wheatears, nine Goldfinches, two Siskins, a Redpoll, two House Martins and five Grey Wagtails. A Golden Plover was on the South End, four Snipes were in the lowlands and the Bar-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrels and seven Dunlins were on the beach.

An array of bird-trapping equipment, including the portable Heligoland trap and a ‘whoosh net’, was assembled on Solfach in an attempt to catch and ring some of the birds that were attracted to the insect-rich seaweed on the tide line. No Choughs, waders or gulls were caught, but several each of
Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail and White Wagtail were ringed.

Risso’s Dolphins put on a show again during the morning, with two separate pods, numbering at least 12 and ten, seen quite close offshore. One of Bardsey’s most popular mammals, the Grey Seals, are in the process of pupping at the moment. Six pups were counted today, and this number is set to increase rapidly in the next week or so.

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