Sunday, 10 October 2010

A small arrival of birds seemed to take place mid way through the morning, and a sudden influx into the observatory garden included a Yellow-browed Warbler, three Firecrests, eight Ring Ouzels and a Brambling. The first Snow Bunting of the year was found on the summit of the mountain, a Mistle Thrush flew over Nant and eight Eiders passed by Pen Cristin. Counts of other passerine migrants came to 43 Skylarks, nine Swallows, two Tree Pipits, 16 Song Thrushes, 11 Redwings, a Reed Warbler, 12 Blackcaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, 16 Goldcrests, 21 Blue Tits, six Coal Tits, 11 Great Tits, two Spotted Flycatchers, two Pied Flycatchers, 140 Starlings, 140 Chaffinches, nine Siskins, 29 Goldfinches, two Lapland Buntings and eight Reed Buntings. The Great Spotted Woodpecker and two Water Rails were still present and a Mediterranean Gull was also seen.

A Comma butterfly seen at Cristin, and later at Ty Pellaf, was only the fifth ever record of this species on Bardsey.

Firecrest (top three) and Goldcrest (bottom) (c) Steve Stansfield
Pied Flycatcher (top) and Spotted Flycatcher (bottom) (c) Steve Stansfield
Ring Ouzel (c) Ben Porter

Firecrest (c) Ben Porter

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