Wednesday, 8 October 2014

By far the best of the day came in the form of a Great Crested Grebe mid-afternoon, which flew in from the North, before settling on the sea off the west side for a brief time. This is the first Great Crested Grebe on Bardsey since 2001, and is only the 15th record for the island. In other news, a feeding flock of Kittiwakes and Black-headed Gulls off the West Side in the afternoon attracted a good variety of other species into the mix: a Balearic Shearwater, 24 Mediterranean Gulls, ten Common Gulls, a Little Gull and a Sandwich Tern were seen. Despite the howling south-east winds and torrential downpours, it was clear that passerine migrants were at least trying to move through the island. Today's totals comprised one Skylark, 27 Swallows, 81 Meadow Pipits, two Grey Wagtails, 11 Chiffchaffs and nine Goldcrests.

Herring Gull 
Rock Pipits

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