Friday, 18 September 2015

The continuous turnover of migrants on Bardsey each day shows no sign of stopping with today particularly impressive. The clear highlight of the day went to a very brief Serin which flew over Ty Bach calling in the afternoon. There have only been five previous records of this delightful Mediterranean finch, the last being in 2007.

 Still a few Spotted Flycatchers being seen (c) Steve Stansfield

Another brief sighting regarded a single Hobby heading north over Nant in the afternoon during a period of pronounced bird of prey passage, including eight Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, and three Kestrels. Lastly, a Treecreeper was found in the Plantation amongst the multitude of active Goldcrests.

 Chiffchaffs are appearing in good numbers (c) Steve Stansfield 

Small sea passage consisted of six Manx Shearwaters, 36 Gannets, 25 Shags, four Common Scoters, ten Black-headed Gulls, 515 Kittiwakes, 176 Razorbills, and three Puffins (the last being a particularly late record). One Dunlin headed south over the South End in the morning whilst The Narrows held one Whimbrel and 21 Turnstones. Overheard visible migration was very noticeable and consisted of one Skylark, two Sand Martins, 1146 Swallows, one House Martin, 117 Meadow Pipits, one Flava’ Wagtail, and six Grey Wagtails. In addition nine Wheatears, one Song Thrush, three Whitethroats, six Blackcaps, 45 Chiffchaffs, two Willow Warblers, 59 Goldcrests, three Spotted Flycatchers, and one Siskin frequented the island’s Withies and gardens.

Ravens were on the move, and our regular pair were not happy!! (c) Steve Stansfield

 Several Golcrest were in the plantation and Cristin Garden (c) Steve Stansfield

Swallows were being defensive with the number of raptors passing through Nant including as many as seven Sparrowhawks (c) Steve Stansfield

No comments:

Post a Comment