Saturday, 19 September 2015
A lovely day on Bardsey once again with plenty of migrants around keeping the wardening team and guests busy. A single Yellow-browed Warbler discovered at Ty Pellaf was hopefully the first of many this autumn.
The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year was at Ty Pellaf all day
The recording of Sparrowhawk passage is always rather difficult on Bardsey due to resident and lingering birds roaming large areas and confusing the issue. Recent sightings suggest a large turnover of birds and at least five continue to maraud around the island today.
A number of Sparrowhawks were seen harassing all the birds at Nant,
even attacking the local Magpies!!
Seawatching has been increasingly productive of late and today was of no exception with one Balearic Shearwater, ten Manx Shearwaters, seven Fulmars, 43 Gannets, 17 Cormorants, 21 Shags, two Common Scoters, four Black-headed Gulls, one Common Gull, 89 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 35 Herring Gulls, 224 Kittiwakes, five Sandwich Terns, and 77 Razorbills logged.
Overhead migration consisted of one Golden Plover, one Dunlin, one Snipe, eight Skylarks, 505 Swallows, one House Martin, 206 Meadow Pipits, 24 Grey Wagtails, 16 Pied Wagtails, nine White Wagtails, 51 Goldfinches, two Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, and one Reed Bunting. Elsewhere on the island high counts of 45 Robins and 99 Goldcrests were seen, along with one Whinchat, six Wheatears, one Song Thrush, three Whitethroats, 14 Blackcaps, 35 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers, 510 Linnets, one Buzzard, two Water Rails, one Whimbrel, 35 Curlews, six Redshanks, and three Turnstones.
Cetaceans continue to be very much in evidence with today’s totals adding to 25 Common Dolphins, 13 Risso’s Dolphins, and four Porpoises.