Friday, 11 September 2015

Today's mixed bag of weather produced a similar mixed bag of birds. The all-too-brief highlight of the day went to a single Ortolan Bunting flushed from the Ty Capel crop field. Two Pomarine Skuas off the South End in the morning included one 'full-spooned' adult, whilst a Turtle Dove seen around the North-west Heath was only the second on the island this year (reflecting the status of this delightful but declining bird in Wales). A single Treecreeper was also found in Cristin garden in the afternoon, the first on Bardsey this year.

Ortolan Bunting - Steve Stansfield

A healthy selection of other migrants were also recorded including one Grey Heron, four Teals, 15 Common Scoters, nine Dunlins, one Whimbrel, 33 Curlews, one Common Sandpiper, 23 Turnstones, eight Black-headed Gulls, 436 Kittiwakes, 24 Razorbills, one Swift, 127 Swallows, one Tree Pipit, 17 Grey Wagtails, 39 White Wagtails, one Whinchat, 15 Wheatears, one Song Thrush, one Grasshopper Warbler, one Sedge Warbler, one Whitethroat, four Blackcaps, 16 Chiffchaffs, 15 Goldcrests, one Spotted Flycatcher, three Siskins, and two Lesser Redpolls

A brisk but sunny day on the island with a few scarcities thrown in among today's migrants. Three Pintail flying past the South End in the morning was an excellent addition to the yearlist, with one Balaeric Shearwater and one Blue-headed Wagtail also seen from the South End.

Around the Narrows a total of one Grey Heronone Ringed Plover, eight Dunlins, two Whimbrels, and 15 Turnstones were seen at high tide. Interesting passage out to sea concerned 23 Cormorants, six Mediterranean Gulls, 44 Black-headed Gulls, six Common Gulls, and 13 Razorbills. Inland a sum of one Kestrel, 119 Swallows, 56 House Martins, one Yellow Wagtail, nine Grey Wagtails, 33 White Wagtails, 30 Robins, one Whinchat, one Sedge Warbler, one Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, 18 Goldcrests, two Spotted Flycatchers, one Siskin, and one Lesser Redpoll.

Spotted Flycatcher - Steve Stansfield

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