Notable sightings: a Little Egret (now the third of the year) gave brief views around the south tip in the early morning; a Stock Dove flew over the island, after the flock of two yesterday; a Canada Goose joined the usual feeding frenzy of gulls in Solfach; and the first Cuckoo and Spotted Flycatcher of 2015 arrived onto the island- the latter of these represents the earliest ever arrival date on the island, which was set in 1984 on 22 April. Finally, a Ring Ouzel above Nant was the first for a few days.
In terms of common migrants, there were good movements of Greenland-race Wheatears, yet more Blackcaps, phylloscopus warblers and White Wagtails. Blackcaps are having an astounding year on Bardsey, and this pattern seems to be repeated at other places, such as Skokholm (which is having a record spring for this species). A total of 71 were recorded today, and almost 50 of these were trapped and ringed, taking the year's ringing total well over 200. In terms of other warbler species, two Grasshopper Warblers, one Sedge Warblers, one Whitethroat, 40 Willow Warblers, 46 Chiffchaffs and two Goldcrests were seen. Wheatear passage was very pronounced with a total of 135 recorded; a Grey Wagtail, 47 White Wagtails, three Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper and one Merlin were other sightings from the day.