Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Following the excitement of the previous day (for those who were excited by Mute Swan and Corn Bunting anyway) today was rather disappointing. A Greylag Goose, still a scarce species on Bardsey, that flew over the island in the morning was just about the highlight. Ringers at the Obs caught a few Lesser Redpolls and another Common Redpoll, as well as some more Goldfinches. Six Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs and four Willow Warblers were all that remained in terms of warblers, a Snipe was still present in the lowlands and a Collared Dove sat teasingly on top of the Heligoland trap.

Another Common Redpoll (c) Steven Stansfield

Goldfinches(C) Steven Stansfield
Over the past couple of years the numbers of Goldfinches being trapped has increased. In 2008 a new record high of 52 birds was set. Last year 64 Golfinches were trapped and so far (since 27th March) this year we have trapped 66. The best time for trapping Goldfinches is during autumn, so we are set to truly break the record this year.

Up to two Merlin have been recorded daily for the past few weeks (c) Richard Brown

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