Sunday, 1 November 2015

A lovely November day with morning migration overhead and a few welcome surprises in the afternoon.

Pride of place goes to an insect today with the discovery of a male Vagrant Emperor near Cristin Withy. This very rare dragonfly is the second record for Bardsey and should really be near Africa right now!

The rarest birds (in island terms) today go to the flock of 18 Long-tailed Tits found in Cristin Withy. Surprisingly, the second record of these scarce migrants this year. A single Richard’s Pipit flew over the North West Fields in the morning whilst a Black Redstart was at Plas.

Also recorded were one Grey Heron, one Wigeon, one Teal, on Sparrowhawk, one Buzzard, one Kestrel, four Water Rails, one Golden Plover, two Snipes, ten Redshanks, 53 Black-headed Gulls, 45 Skylarks, one Grey Wagtail, four Pied Wagtails, 45 Blackbirds, ten Fieldfares, ten Song Thrushes, ten Redwings, one Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, 19 Goldcrests, one Firecrest, 500 Jackdaws, 26 Rooks, 1300 Starlings, 252 Chaffinches, 20 Bramblings, six Greenfinches, 47 Siskins, 16 Goldfinches, 26 Linnets, five Lesser Redpolls, one Crossbill, and four Reed Buntings.

A Reed Bunting was trapped and ringed in the afternoon, a rare sight on Bardsey

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