Sunday, 21 March 2010

A bright and clear morning saw an impressive passage of Starling with approximately 3000 logged. Six Wheatear, the majority males, were around the coast and a Ringed Plover and white wagtail remained on Solfach. Three Black Redstart were present around Ty Pellaf. Six Goldcrest were new arrivals to the plantation where two of the eight Chiffchaff on the island were also to be found. A small finch passage saw single figures of Goldfinch and Siskin logged and a Crossbill flew south over Nant. Since the establishment of an Observatory on Bardsey there had only been two March records of Crossbill, a flock of four at Nant in 2000 and a single at Cristin in 2003. This is the second record this March following two which flew over Cristin on the 11th.

Up to seven pairs of Robin bred during the early part of the last decade but 2004 saw a sudden extinction as a breeding species. Since 2005 an average of just over two pairs have bred. Happily there are currently five males singing from the island's gardens (c) Richard Brown

A Starling flock of around 3000 made some incredible formations as they moved northward over the Island in the early hours of the morning. (c) Ben Porter

Throughout the winter there has been a flock of around 25 Chaffinch on the bird feeders and on the fields, now as Spring progresses they are being joined by more finches. (c) Ben Porter

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