Monday, 13 October 2014

A day of strong north-east winds saw a great reduction in the overhead passage of migrants in the morning, although one or two noteworthy species had arrived on the island. Two Mistle Thrushes were seen around the mountain and wetlands at intervals during the day; the first three Stock Doves of the autumn were seen around the mountain; and the first Black Redstart of the autumn was found on the rocky shore of Henllwyn. There was an increase in the number of Wheatears around, with a total of 18 recorded, and 14 Blackbirds, nine Song Thrushes, 52 Chaffinches and a Brambling were also noted.

A large movement of Black-headed Gulls took place off the West Side between 1600 and 1800, with a total of 1150 recorded in the time. Amongst them were a remarkable 61 Mediterranean Gulls (quite possibly an island record), 67 Common Gulls, 156 Kittiwakes and an Arctic Tern. Also seen out to sea were the following: one Manx Shearwater, two Wigeons, two Teals, 17 Common Scoters and an Arctic Skua,

Usually Stock Doves turn up on Bardsey on their lonesome, or at least the odd one out in a flock of several hundred Wood Pigeons. However, following on from a flock of four this spring, another good record of three birds was made today 
Considering that it was this day last year that Chris Piner discovered the Pied Wheatear on the South End of the island, before it relocated to the east side, it seems appropriate to feature a few pictures of some smart greenland-race Wheatears which were in its very place this afternoon

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