Friday, 9 October 2015

A much cooler and overcast day than of late with a change in weather usually bringing a change in birds. That old adage failed to disappoint when lunchtime a surprise Kingfisher was discovered feeding in Henllwyn.

 Though just the 20th record of Kingfisher for Bardsey this is the fourth in the past eight years (see below). However, these delightful birds have an uncanny habit of disappearing as quickly as they're found making this performing male a rewarding bird for the island's wardening team.

It's not often Yellow-browed Warblers play second fiddle but two today continue Bardsey's terrific run of records recently. A single Balearic Shearwater flew south along the West Coast in the evening, a lone Firecrest resided still at Cristin, and two Great Spotted Woodpeckers toured the island.

Only in the last decade has Great Spotted Woodpecker become a regular avian feature on Bardsey - a minimum of ten individuals have been recorded this year, with just 50 previous records.

Other action from today consisted of 87 Gannets, 32 Common Scoters, one Kestrel, two Merlins, one Dunlin, two Snipes, one Arctic Skua, three Great Skuas, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 500 Black-headed Gulls, ten Common Gulls, 111 Herring Gulls, 582 Kittiwakes,  16 Skylarks, 14 Swallows, one Tree Pipit, 199 Meadow Pipits, six Grey Wagtails, two Wheatears, one Song Thrush, four Blackcaps, nine Chiffchaffs, 37 Goldcrests, eight Coal Tits, four Great Tits, 53 Chaffinches, four Siskins, 88 Goldfinches, four Lesser Redpolls, and two Reed Buntings.

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