Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The wind finally began to ease on the 16th, giving a brief respite between storms. Avian wildlife during the day was highlighted by the return of the Water Pipit, which was seen feeding back in its usual place: amongst the Rock Pipits on Solfach. The 17th was a beautiful winter's day, with light winds making birding very pleasant. A fantastic arrival appeared mid-morning, in the form of a Woodlark beside Ty Capel. The bird was seen feeding in the fields here, before apparently moving on, with no further sign during the afternoon. This is the first record of this scarce species on Bardsey since 21 October last year, and represent the 21st record for Bardsey. In other news, a small (very small) movement of thrushes involved two Redwings and a Song Thrush, which were present in the island's gardens. A Jack Snipe was flushed from the Ty Pellaf Wetlands in the early hours, along with one Common Snipe. The Hooded Crow continued to linger around the Narrows on both days.

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