Sunday, 25 October 2015
What was in most part a breezy day on Bardsey quickly became memorable with a late even stroll revealing a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL at Nant. The bird was unfortunately incredibly skulking in the New Plantation, rarely sitting in the open for long, and was continued harassed by the local Robins until it went to roost. This terrific bird becomes the second record for Bardsey and only the third record for Wales of this far Eastern vagrant!
The only image unfortunately of this skulking bird in low light
Continuing the Easterly theme, an obligatory Yellow-browed Warbler was found calling at Cristin. Quite how many have been unearthed on Bardsey in the last few weeks but between 30-40 seems the best estimate. A fantastic tally for North Wales.
Non-scarce migrants found inland today totaled two Sparrowhawks, one Buzzard, two Kestrels, two Merlins, one Water Rail, 40 Oystercatchers, 41 Curlews, five Redshanks, one Turnstone, three Skylarks, 44 Meadow Pipits, four Pied Wagtails, 18 Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes, one Redwing, two Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff, 20 Goldcrests, three Coal Tits, two Great Tits, 26 Choughs, 57 Carrion Crows, one Hooded Crow, 113 Starlings, 144 Chaffinches, one Brambling, two Greenfinches, 13 Siskins, 55 Goldfinches, 14 Linnets, 20 Lesser Redpolls, and five Reed Buntings.
Out at sea two Great Northern Divers, 101 Gannets, five Common Scoters, three Great Skuas, 34 Mediterranean Gulls, 923 Black-headed Gulls, 185 Common Gulls, 33 Herring Gulls, 21 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2545 Kittiwakes, and 819 Razorbills were logged.