Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A day of strong winds and scattered cloud saw a much reduced passage of seabirds off the coast. Non-passerines seen during the day included six Common Scoters, a Merlin, a Golden Plover, a Lapwing and two Mediterranean Gulls. Migrants away from the coast were fairly hard to come by: seven Skylarks, four Swallows, 76 Meadow Pipits, a Grey Wagtail, one White Wagtail, one Song Thrush, one Mistle Thrush, 37 Chaffinches and 28 Goldfinches were recorded.

This very smart Mistle Thrush was trapped in the Heligoland trap at Cristin mid-morning, and represents the 12th to be ringed on Bardsey. The previous one was thirteen years ago in 2001!

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