Wednesday, 15 October 2014

During the morning's census it became clear that the large amounts of thrushes present yesterday had cleared out overnight. Still around though were two Ring Ouzels at Cristin, along with five Song Thrushes and 43 Redwings. The Barred Warbler showed again at Ty Capel, whilst the adult Yellow-legged Gull was still present on the island, spending its time loafing between the South Tip and Henllwyn.

The highlight of the day though went to the three drake Velvet Scoters that flew south along the West Coast just before midday. These dapper ducks are hard to come by on Bardsey and are just the 18th record.

Waders showed more of a presence today, with a Golden Plover seen briefly on the South End, and five Purple Sandpipers, 10 Redshanks, and 18 Turnstones on the Narrows. One Whimbrel was picked out amongst 31 Curlews on Carreg yr Honwy and two Snipes were present. Asides from the Velvet Scoters, other movements out at sea include 170 Razorbills, two Wigeons, 10 Common Scoter, 735 Black-headed Gulls, 19 Common Gulls, and seven Mediterranean Gulls. It was quiet inland with just five Skylark, a Greenfinch, 2 Lesser Redpolls, and 110 Starlings passing by, whilst one Wheatear, five Chiffchaffs, a Blackcap, 10 Goldcrests, two Grey Wagtails, one White Wagtail, a Kestrel and a Merlin were present. 

 Song Thrush
Herring Gulls

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