Wednesday, 21 October 2015

As the wind increased in strength and switched to Westerlies so the first sea passage materialised off the South End and West Coast. A first-winter Sabine’s Gull was seen briefly dashing northwards, one Sooty Shearwater flew past late in the day, but best of all (in island terms) were two Long-tailed Ducks seen in the morning. These represent just the 13th record for Bardsey.


Other migrants out to sea include two Great Northern Divers, three Manx Shearwaters, 67 Gannets, seven Wigeons, one Teal, 11 Common Scotersone Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, six Great Skuas, 23 Mediterranean Gulls, 756 Black-headed Gulls, 96 Common Gulls, 38 Herring Gulls, 2219 Kittiwakes, and 825 Razorbills.

Inland, two Mistle Thrushes in the Lowlands continue a good autumn for this surprisingly scarce thrush on Bardsey, whilst a total of one Grey Heron, two Sparrowhawks, one Kestrel, two Water Rails, five Snipes, 53 Curlews, three Redshanks, one Skylark, one Grey Wagtail, one Wheatear, 21 Blackbirds, five Song Thrushes, two Redwings, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 17 Goldcrests, one Firecrest, two Coal Tits, two Great Tits, two Rooks, 31 Carrion Crows, two Hooded Crows, 120 Starlings, two Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls, and one Reed Bunting were seen by the wardening team.

Mistle Thrush

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