Thursday, 23 October 2014

The island felt calm today, as if the big was one was just around the corner. With American birds turning up all over Britain the island was well covered. Alas, it wasnt to be, but some excellent birds were still found. 

The highlight of the day went to the 1st winter Sabine's Gull that flew south off the South End mid morning. This is our sixth record of the autumn of this dainty seagull. The continued seabird passage was very much evident, though today the birds were found to be passing the East Coast, not the West as usual. A 1st winter Little Gull flew by, along with one Fulmar, 49 Gannets, 13 Mediterranean Gulls, 854 Black-headed Gulls, seven Common Gulls, 51 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1693 Kittiwakes, and 2754 Razorbills.

A few new waders put in a appearance with a Purple Sandpiper at the North End and a Whimbrel on the rocks around Solfach. Bardsey is one of the few places in Britain where Whimbrel overwinter and it will be interesting if this individual stays with us. The usual suspects of 31 Oystercatchers, 49 Curlews, four Redshanks, and 15 Turnstones were all present and correct around The Narrows.

Away from the coast yesterday's Ring Ouzel was still in the Wetlands, whilst three Skylarkthree Song thrushes, three Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff, ten Goldcrests, three Starlings, 52 Chaffinch, one Reed Bunting, a Merlin, and one Water Rail were around the island.

Following a dry autumn, the recent damp weather has produced a glut of late fungi around the island. Many Parasols, Horse Mushrooms, Field Mushrooms, and Macrosprorous fungi are to be found. Though with their edible nature i cant imagine they'll be around for long.

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