Friday, 12 September 2014

It was another pleasant day, with one or two scarce bird making up for the absence of many common migrants. In the morning, a smart juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher was discovered in Ogof Diban (a deep gully at the very south tip of the island). It was a very Fair Isle-esque setting, and the flycatcher certainly seemed a bit out of place feeding on large Sea Slaters on the rocky beach at the bottom of the gully!

In other news, a Wryneck was seen at Cristin, where a Ring Ouzel was also seen later on in the day; two Yellow Wagtails flew overhead, along with 27 Grey Wagtails, three Skylarks, a Sand Martin and 74 Swallows; a single Whinchat was present on the South End and two Spotted Flycatchers were seen inland. In terms of non-passerines, the most noteworthy sightings of the day included two Teals, 16 Common Scoters, a Kestrel, a Knot, a Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, one Arctic Skua and a Sandwich Tern.

The last few years have been quite good for Red-breasted Flycatchers on Bardsey. Last year, for example, there were at least four records, the first of which was on 21 September. This is the 80th record of this species on the island 
There are still some Manx Shearwater chicks in the burrows around the island, although the majority have already fledged 
Pied Wagtail

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