Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A stunning male Subalpine Warbler of the eastern race albistriata was discovered on the mountainside by Ty Pellaf in the morning. After feeding out in the open for a while, the bird then made it’s way towards Cristin, and eventually dived into the dense vegetation and was not seen again during the day. Bardsey is an excellent site for Subalpine Warblers, having recorded no fewer than 26 in the past 30 years and 11 in the past decade alone, including the pair which attempted to breed in 2010!

Other scarcities around included a Little Egret that flew over the narrows, a male Twite singing at Ty Pellaf and a House Sparrow also at Ty Pellaf. A good gathering of waders in Solfach at high tide consisted of: nine Ring Plovers, seven Dunlins, the first Sanderling of the year, five Common Sandpipers, two Turnstones and a couple Whimbrels. Two Sandwich Terns were seen off the west side in the afternoon, and a Grey Heron was seen later by Solfach. Three Whinchats, a Yellow Wagtail and seven Tree Pipits were amongst the more interesting of the migrants around, whilst hirundine counts came to: 151 Swallows, forty five Sand Martins and three House Martins. Commoner warblers came in the form of: twenty one Grasshopper Warblers, ten Whitethroats, seventy six Sedge Warblers, eighteen Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and sixty five Willow Warblers.

 Subalpine Warbler (c) Ben Porter
 A Twite (probably the same bird as yesterday) was singing by Ty Pellaf and in the Donogoch fields in the afternoon. (c) Ben Porter
 A couple of the Whinchats seen today. (c) Ben Porter
 A record shot of the Little Egret. (c) Ben Porter
A Marbled Coronet was the highlight of the moths caught last night. (c) Ben Porter

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