Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Torrential rain lashed down on the island during the night, and many residents (people, that is) had a rude awakening in the early hours by an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter Scale (a very rare occurrence on Bardsey). Nevertheless, this earth-shaking event did little to improve the variety of birds on the island, and was hence a very quiet day.

A Hooded Crow flew over Cristin in the morning, along with six Lesser Redpolls and four Goldfinches. Spotted Flycatcher numbers had increased to over 17 individuals, although there were very few new warblers around. A single Swift headed North in the morning, along with 44 Barn Swallows and 37 House Martins.

Wader counts at high tide amounted to one Golden Plover, 10 Ringed Plovers, four Sanderlings, seven Dunlins and three Whimbrels, and two Sandwich Terns flew past at sea.

There are at least six singing Sedge Warblers around at the moment, a few of which are probably breeding
Many pairs of Swallows have now colonised the various out buildings around the island, although have yet to produce chicks
Meadow Pipits are already feeding chicks

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