Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Two Little Ringed Plovers flying over the South Tip mid-morning were by far the highlight of the day, as this species is very rare on Bardsey.
A Flava Wagtail on The Narrows mid-morning was found to be different to yesterday’s bird, having a much paler-toned blue head, bordering on the edge of ‘Channel’ Wagtail.
Sedge Warblers were recorded in their highest numbers so far this year, with 21 birds scattered around; a Grasshopper Warbler, four Whitethroats and 17 Blackcaps were also seen, along with the usual numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers
15 Redpolls seen during the day included a very pale bird at Ty Pellaf briefly in the morning, which was probably a Common Redpoll.
The first Bar-tailed Godwit of the Spring flew South past the South End in the morning, where yesterday's Arctic Skua and 26 Whimbrels were also seen; a Dunlin was heard around the Narrows.
Nine Eiders were seen off the South End in the afternoon, and a North-western type Redpoll was trapped at Cristin.

Yesterday's dark Blue-headed Wagtail (top) to compare to today's much paler probable 'Channel' Wagtail (lower two)
This dark-phase adult Arctic Skua was first seen on the South End yesterday morning, but turned up again this afternoon
 13 Redpolls were seen during the day- two trapped at Cristin had already been ringed elsewhere in the UK
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This larger Redpoll was also trapped at Cristin, possibly of North-western origins- with a wing of 74mm and a weight of 15g
 Common Whitethroat
 Over 60 Swallows passed through during the day
Whimbrel numbers have picked up in the last few days, with 26 seen today

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