Sunday, 28 February 2016

A gorgeous day weather wise with blue skies and light easterly winds.

Along parts of the steep east side it was generally quiet, lacking many of the gulls that are normally present there, but the resident Shags seemed to be very active, dotted along the cliffs amongst the nesting areas, some in close pairs, crests raised in a display. Four Choughs, a small flock of Linnets, the odd Rock Pipits, Herring and Greater Black-backed Gull and Wrens habited the slopes as two Peregrines soared above.

One of Bardsey's fantastic resident species, Chough soaring over the east side
Although things were business as usual on the narrows there were a couple of signs of new arrivals. A Robin and Song Thrush there were clearly new birds in and were quick to head north after a brief stop amongst the lobster pots adjacent to the boathouse. The Curlew flock today were out on Carreg yr Henwy on the low tide rocks, 40 Oystercatchers, two Shelduck, six Mallards, seven Redshanks were also there. A single Collard Dove turned up later, heading south initially before doing an about turn and heading north towards the farm. No Wheatears as of yet but they will surly be expected in the next week or so!

Around the Ty Pellaf, the farm, the first singing Stonechat was seen and heard, a Sparrowhawk soared high, a small gathering of 13 Meadow Pipits, Wrens, Robins and Dunnocks, a single Chaffinch and the Collard Dove seen earlier.

A quick check of a site in the north west fields which was a potential Little Owl nest site found last season showed evidence that the exact area was still in use by Little Owls. Pellets surrounded the ground below the gorse bush around Manx Shearwater burrows, also present was a Little Owl itself!

Little Owl pellets underneath the gorse bush with numerous Manx Shearwater burrows in the vicinity, a potential nest site for Little Owls found last season
Little Owl pellet complete with beetle bits!
At the north end of the island a sneaky Water Rail plodded through one of the gardens, the highly mobile Collard Dove sang, remaining Firecrest proved again elusive but still present at the plantation with a Goldcrest and a small flock of Starlings buzzed around. Late on 16 Purple Sandpipers were seen flying round Carreg yr Henwy before settling down.

Lepidoptera news today consisted of a great sighting of the first Red Admiral at rest along the main track.

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