Saturday, 11 May 2013

It started off as a very breezy day, and after reports of over 65 Pomarine Skuas off Criccieth yesterday, all eyes were turned seaward. Although a distant flock of six skuas were probably Pomarine Skuas, there were no sightings of this species during the day. However, the first Great Skua and Goldeneye of the year were seen off the North End, along with a Great Northern Diver, 24 Dunlins, 30 Whimbrels, four Sandwich Terns and plenty of Manx Shearwaters. There was belated news that a Roseate Tern was seen off the South Tip in the evening yesterday, which is a very rare species on Bardsey.

Inland, the second Reed Warbler of the year was trapped, and singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redstart were seen at Nant. A total of 23 Lesser Redpolls moved through with 18 Goldfinches and seven Siskins, whilst over 130 Swallows flew west off the South tip and a Swift passed the North End.

 23 Lesser Redpolls moved through during the day, a good number of which were trapped at Cristin
 The Reed Warbler trapped at Cristin was at the paler end of the spectrum for scirpaceus, although measurements and formulas confirmed its identification
 Ringed Plover
The breeding pair of Ravens (pictured here alongside a Carrion Crow) are beginning to look extremely tatty as the effort of feeding chicks is taking its toll

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