Sunday, 4 April 2010

Warbler numbers were down to single figures in the morning, and small migrants in general were thin on the ground. A Black Redstart that was discovered near ‘the warden’s crevice’ was the best bird of the day, while other arrivals included two White Wagtails, 13 Swallows and a House Martin. 80 Meadow Pipits were counted and two White Wagtails were still near the beach.

Even when other birds are in short supply, early spring is a good time of year to see flocks of the regular species of wader on Bardsey. Counts in the last few days have reached 130 Oystercatchers, 53 Turnstones, 49 Redshanks, 26 Purple Sandpipers, three Ringed Plovers, three Curlews and a Whimbrel. Most of these can usually be found sheltering in Henllwyn although some, particularly the Purple Sandpipers, can be difficult to find amongst the seaweed-covered rocks.

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