Friday, 3 July 2015

Another Bardsey day of wall-to-wall sunshine meant most of the day's effort was concentrated on monitoring breeding seabirds on the East cliffs. Regardless, a total of 43 Gannets, one Ringed Plover, two Curlews, one Common Sandpiper, two Black-headed Gulls, one Collared Dove, 174 Starlings, one Siskin, and one Lesser Redpoll were still recorded. In the morning the first two Sand Martins of the autumn headed south.

The aforementioned seabirds are enjoying an excellent breeding season with many Auks and Gulls already with fledged young. The year's highest count of 113 Puffins were seen on the East whilst two Storm Petrel nests were a lucky bonus find nearby.

A Black Redstart in the Lighthouse compound continues the great year for this species on Bardsey whilst a Great Spotted Woodpecker lingered for another day at Cristin.

An assortment of one Grey Heron, two Whimbrels, eight Curlews, one Common Sandpiper, two Turnstones, and 40 Black-headed Gulls were to be found around the coast whereas inland provided 100 Starlings, one Siskin, and one Lesser Redpoll.

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