Friday, 10 October 2014

A classic day of autumnal conditions brought chilly temperatures, frequent rain showers, a brisk wind and clear skies to the island. This combination seemed to encourage the respectable movement of passerine migrants over the island in the morning. The first Snow Bunting of the autumn was amongst the highlights of overhead passage, which also consisted of 92 Skylarks, nine Swallows, 303 Meadow Pipits, 13 Grey Wagtails, two White Wagtails, 17 alba Wagtails, 28 Chaffinches, two Greenfinches, 20 Goldfinches and six Reed Buntings. On land, an interesting arrival was that of Rock Pipits- a total of 71 were seen during the day, many flying overhead and boosting the already high number which resides around The Narrows. A Ring Ouzel was seen at Cristin, whilst a single Wheatear, seven Stonechats, seven Blackbirds, two Song Thrushes, two Redwings, a Blackcap and 15 Chiffchaffs were also recorded. Three Eiders off the South End in the morning represent the second record of the year so far.

This Turnstone was dazzled on Solfach last night, and is the first to be trapped and ringed since the autumn of 2012

An interesting discovery in the afternoon concerned that of this Harlequin Ladybird. This could perhaps be the first record of this invasive species on Bardsey

Feathered Ranunculus

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