Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Somewhat more exciting than the previous day, seawatchers were rewarded with some good sightings despite a lack of any sizable seabird movement. The highlight was a flock of three Velvet Scoters flying past the north end of the island; only the fifteenth record of this species for Bardsey. A Leach’s Petrel, an adult Pomarine Skua, four Great Skuas, two Great Northern Divers, two Red-throated Divers, a Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, three Fulmars, six Teals and eight Common Scoters also passed offshore and a group of five Whooper Swans headed west out to sea. A Hooded Crow flew north early in the morning, the first Woodcock of the autumn was on the South End and two Snow Buntings were on the maritime heath near the north hide. Six Golden Plovers were seen, seven Blue Tits and 11 Great Tits were still scattered around the island and 380 Starlings were feeding in the lowlands.

Snow Bunting (c) Ben Porter
Whooper Swans (c) Ben Porter

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