Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Finch Passage seemed to make up the bulk of the bird numbers today with a variety migrating overhead. 226 Chaffinches, 17 Greenfinches, seven Goldfinches, three Linnits, two Lesser Redpolls, a Reed Bunting and one Bullfinch were counted. A scarce bird for Bardsey, this is the second Bullfinch record this season. A Ring Ouzel made a brief appearance at the Obs early on, however, bird of the day came in the form of a smart Yellow-browed Warbler which was discovered around the plantation early morning. Prior to the 2014 season there were 132 previous records of this species. 14 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests fed in the vegetated areas and ever present Whitetroat was again spotted skulking in the withies, now equaling the latest departure date for this species on Bardsey.  

In other news, one Common Snipe was flushed from the now water logged areas in the centre of the island, four Water Rails were heard squealing in the withies, the roaming flock of 37 Curlew toured the bays to the south of the island with a lone Whimbrel spotted on the rocks around the beach where six Turnstones, four Redshanks and a Grey Heron also spent the day. 

Corvid Passage early on amounted to a flock of 36 Carrion Crows, six Rooks and severn Jackdaws which all passed over the plantation and headed north. On the beach a Hooded Crow made an appearance feeding alongside 18 Choughs and a small number of Starling, of which 660 were counted today.

A small selection of raptors were also seen today, a Merlin around the south coasts, the resident Peregrines soaring over the mountain, two Sparrowhawks hunting at the plantation and a male Kestrel resting on the dry stone walls in the north-west corner of the island.

The sea was relatively quiet today with a few small numbers of birds passing the island. 255 Black-headed Gulls, 3 Mediterranean Gulls, Three Common Gulls and 177 Razorbills.

Although some of the seal pups from this year are off the island and swimming there are still a few moulting getting ready to take the plunge.

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