Tuesday, 28 May 2013

A largely pleasant day with lighter winds saw a decent selection of notable species on the island. The highlight of the day came in the form of the first Marsh Harrier of the year; a cream-crown which circled Pencristin before heading east. Three Yellow Wagtails were seen during the day, which comprised of a male Blue-headed Wagtail, a male flavissima Yellow Wagtail, and probable female Blue-headed Wagtail- all were seen on The Narrows and South End.
A Lesser Whitethroat was trapped at Cristin mid-morning, at least eight Spotted Flycatchers were scattered around and 18 Sedge Warblers were recorded. The Golden Plover remained on the South End.

 Lesser Whitethroat
 Spotted Flycatchers
 The female Yellow Wagtail on the Narrows possessed a rather prominent and long supercilium, suggestive of Blue-headed Wagtail 
Marsh Harrier- a scarce bird on Bardsey, with just under 30 previous records


  1. Yet to get a photo of a Lesser Whitethroat this year, great images

  2. Thanks Doug- yes, we have had about 10 this year, although most have been very timid and I have failed to photograph them in the field!