Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Spring 2012 Review

Spring is now just about over.....we think (but there is time for that July Mega to arrive), and autumn is just around the corner (well if you count post breeding dispersal of Starlings and returning  waders, autumn has begun!)

Here are just a few highlights in pictures of what turned out to be a fairly good list of species for Spring. Though numbers of birds were never massive, we have had a good run of stuff, especially towards the end of spring.

Lapland Bunting

This shot of the Lap Bunt by Ben was chosen as a 'notable photo' in the birdguides weekly round up.

Black Redstart


Glaucous Gull

Lapland Bunting


Ring Ouzel

Tufted Duck - 25th Island Record!

Mealy Redpolls


Glaucous Gull



Pied Flycatcher

Snow Bunting


Short-eared Owl

Blackcap - record numbers were seen and ringed

Pied Flycatcher

North-western type Redpoll

Yellow Wagtail

Red-rumped Swallow - 3rd for the island and the start of our run of good birds


Grasshopper Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat

Common Redpoll - we think

Whinchat -  a stunner!

Snow Bunting - Ditto!

Greenland Wheatear - normal and leucistic

Whitethroat - after a late and slow start numbers were good.
Pied Flycatcher - another belter

Yellow Wag - Ditto

Turtle Dove
Subalpine Warbler - a very skuly bird indeed
Phyllosc sp - Chiff, willow, hybrid or Iberian!
RED Knots
Black Kite
Common Rosefinch - three were seen
Bar-tailed Godwit
Little Owl
Another Rosefinch
Red Kite
Bee-eater (Rich B)

Melodious Warbler
Woodchat Shrike
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Greenish Warbler
'Dombrowskii's' type Wagtail
Pomarine Skua (Rich B)
Green(ish) Warbler - second of the year! (Rich B)
So, that was spring in a nutshell, a fantastic array of birds not to be sniffed at. RBA said in their review of the week that Bardsey must be site of the spring!

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