Saturday, 24 August 2013

Despite starting off as a very breezy and chilly day, some mist overnight had obviously grounded some migrants on the island. These were represented by five Pied Flycatchers, two Whinchats, two Tree Pipits, a Grasshopper Warbler, three Spotted Flycatchers, 39 Willow Warblers and a Reed Warbler.
The highlight of the day, however, came from seaward in the early hours: a flock of four Shoveler which flew past the South End- a very rare bird on Bardsey!
A single dark-phase adult Arctic Skua, 13 Sandwich Terns, 11 Common Terns and two Golden Plovers also flew passed out to sea.

 The first two Whinchats of the autumn were present today
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One of the Pied Flycatchers was trapped at the Observatory (c) Steve Stansfield
 Reed Warbler
This Brown-veined Wainscot was trapped near Carreg Reed Bed- only the second record for Bardsey

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