Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A sweltering day on Bardsey with a great selection of birds on offer. Star of the show went to a Hobby seen hawking over the lowlands early morning before being harassed south by the local Oystercatchers. Equally impressive was the movement of Swifts heading south. The final count of 263 was the highest day-total recorded since 2001.

Other particularly interesting sightings include passage down the West Coast of ten Mediterranean Gulls40 Gannets, one Grey Heron, and 47 Common Scoters. Elsewhere
five Curlews, 23 Black-headed Gulls, 21 Starlings, one Lesser Redpoll, and one Black Guillemot were seen.

Early morning saw a party of four Grey Herons heading south with up to 71 Gannets following suit. Small gull passage continued with three Mediterranean Gulls and two Black-headed Gulls seen heading south. It wont be too long before these gull numbers skyrocket with many thousands expected in the autumn. In addition, 19 Curlews frequented The Narrows and Pen Cristin, two Collared Doves were at Cristin, whilst three Swifts, two Siskins, and one Lesser Redpoll flew over.

Today also saw the year's first Swallow brood fledge at Ty Pellaf, whilst two Small Whites were found nearby and the first two Meadow Browns were spotted in the grassland.

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