Monday, 5 October 2009

Despite a complete lack of anything that could really be called a scarcity, the day was notable for a number of reasons. The most spectacular sighting was a flock of 21 Buzzards – the highest count of this species ever on the island. Finches, having passed through in dribs and drabs for a few days, finally arrived en masse in the morning. Chaffinches, with an estimated 200 individuals, were easily the most numerous, while other species counts included 35 Goldfinches, nine Greenfinches and two Lesser Redpolls. Calm weather meant that the mist nets could be opened, and a good number of the finches were ringed in the morning. The day’s other notable arrival involved a selection of common (although quite scarce on Bardsey) woodland species: two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were in the withies and five Great Tits and a Blue Tit were at Nant. Low numbers of warblers were still present including a Lesser Whitethroat, ten Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs and four Goldcrests. Six White Wagtails were on Solfach, a Song Thrush, six Skylarks, three Water Rails, two Merlins and two Sparrowhawks were present and the Bar-tailed Godwit remained. At sea, 400 Black-headed Gulls, 200 Kittiwakes and a Great Skua were noted.

A seizable flock of Meadow Pipits was seen in the middle of the island and we made an unsuccessful attempt to catch a few though a number came to the tape lure.

Meadow Pipit (c) Steve Stansfield

It was another good day for cetaceans, with at least a dozen Risso’s Dolphins and a couple of Harbour Porpoises seen offshore during perfectly still conditions in the evening.

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