Tuesday, 7 April 2015
With the residual fog from the last few days gone by late morning, the island basked in glorious sunshine for the rest of the day. The clear highlight of the day was a Wryneck seen very briefly by the Schoolhouse. This easily becomes the earliest ever record for Bardsey, and is one of only five reported in Britain this year. Other gems discovered around the island include the first two Ring Ouzels of the year on the mountain top, a Red Kite over Cristin (also a first for the year), and a Little Egret in Henllwyn.
A total of seven Blackcaps, 27 Chiffchaffs, 59 Willow Warblers, and 22 Goldcrests were recorded (mostly at Cristin and Nant), along with one Grey Heron, two Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, one Merlin, one Water Rail, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, four Curlews, four Redshanks, 216 Meadow Pipits, one Grey Wagtail, one White Wagtail, 33 Wheatears, one Fieldfare, one Song Thrush, five Siskins, one Lesser Redpoll, and two Reed Buntings, Out to sea one Red-throated Diver flew by and six Sandwich Terns fished along the coast. Pronounced hirundine movement consisted of 61 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows, and 11 House Martins.