Friday, 16 April 2010

Early morning finch passage contained another interesting selection of redpolls: of 11 birds trapped, eight were identified as Common Redpolls, with Lesser Redpolls numbering just three. A Canada Goose flew over the Narrows in the morning, and in the afternoon the first Greenshank this year paid a brief visit to Henllwyn. Wheatear passage continued apace with 68, mostly of the Greenland subspecies, counted around the island. The annual spring Whimbrel passage began with a flock of eight birds arriving on Carreg yr Honwy, and a Dunlin and two Ringed Plovers were on the beach. Counts of passerine migrants included 15 White Wagtails, two Grasshopper Warblers, four Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers and a Tree Pipit.

Greenshank are scarce on Bardsey with only a handful recorded each year. After a very vocal passage across the island this one spent only 15 minutes around the Narrows (c) Richard Brown

White Wagtails were well into double figures today (c) Richard Brown

Several Common Redpolls were trapped and ringed again this morning - the
two above are at the paler end of the spectrum.
(c) Steven Stansfield

A good arrival of Wheatears was noted with about 60 birds being seen - most were of the Greenland race  (c) Steve Stansfield

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