Friday, 28 October 2011

The most noteworthy birds seen during another cold, crisp autumnal day included two Snow Buntings and a Jack Snipe on the mountain, two Bullfinches in the island's gardens, a Ring Ouzel near Cristin, the first House Sparrow of the autumn at Ty Pellaf, and a Crossbill overhead. A Water Rail was heard in Cristin Withy in the morning, whilst a Little Owl was seen in the Ty Pellaf fields and the usual selection of raptors included a Merlin, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and two Peregrine Falcons.
Two Arctic Skuas were seen in a flock of gulls off the south tip, and two Mediterranean Gulls passed the coast with a stream of Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls.

The first Bullfinch to be trapped and ringed this year was caught yesterday
 House Sparrow-quite a scarce species on Bardsey
Reed Buntings also flew overhead with the flocks of finches

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