Saturday, 2 April 2011

After a few heavy showers in the night, the wind died down and the skies cleared. It soon became apparent that a big fall of migrants had occurred in the morning, when a few Willow Warbler were in almost every bush on the island. A fabulous Hoopoe was discovered by Plas in the morning, and provided hours of entertainment in the afternoon, as it fed by Carreg Bach in the short grass. A House Sparrow was seen in Cristin garden (which is a fairly scarce bird for Bardsey), and a singing male Ring Ouzel was also just above Cristin. The first Tree Pipit of the year was seen briefly by Ty Pellaf withy, only four days later than the earliest ever record. A second bird was also seen later on. Incredible numbers of Willow Warblers were present, with fewer Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps, totals amounted to: 638, 65 and 78 respectively. Thrushes present on the island included: nine Blackbirds, a Song Thrush and twenty nine Redwings. Sixty four Wheatears were scattered around the coast, with three Black Redstarts inland and four Stonechats by Ty Pellaf making up the remainder of chats seen. Hirundines were, if anything, a little sparse, with sixteen Sand Martins, twelve Swallows and a House Martin seen. The Hawfinch was again present at Ty Pellaf.

 Hoopoe (c) SDS
Willow Warbler (c) SDS
Black Redstart

Hoopoe (c) Steve Stansfield

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