Friday, 12 June 2015
The male CRETZSCHMAR'S BUNTING was re-found midday, when it was heard singing near the South End wall. After a brief search it showed on the dirt track, before flying northward towards Ty Pellaf, and disappearing towards the observatory. About half an hour later, the bird was found feeding in Traeth Ffynnon, where most of the island's birders and visitors managed to connect with this rather stunning bird. At about 1300, the bunting flew over onto bank near Cafn, before disappearing for the rest of the day.
In other news there was a male Cuckoo at Ty Pellaf, one Whitethroat, three Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher were all new birds, many of them ringed and with brood patches present. This indicates some early southward movements of failed breeders already. This was further supported by the appearance of nine Curlews and 16 Starlings whilst an Arctic Skua, three Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel were also seen.