Tuesday, 5 April 2016
A day of occasional calm spells but mostly windy conditions. The gusts varied throughout the day but by the evening time it was certainly picking up in strength. Today’s highlight was the fine first winter Glaucous Gull seen marauding the North End before chased off by territorial Herring Gulls.
A Collared Dove was new in whilst passerine counts amounted to 31 Pied Wagtails, one White Wagtail, 33 Wheatears, one Song Thrush, one Skylark, 11 Blackcaps, 36 Chiffchaffs, 33 Willow Warblers, 38 Goldcrests, one Greenfinch, six Siskins, and four Lesser Redpolls.
Highlights out to sea, on The Narrows, and overhead include three Common Scoters, three Sparrowhawks, one Kestrel, one Dunlin, one Snipe, one Whimbrel, one Curlew, eight Redshanks, 14 Turnstones, one Black-headed Gull, six Sand Martins, and ten Swallows.
One of the many Goldcrests passing through the island in recent days
The first wave of Blackcaps to arrive on Bardsey are always the males rushing to get on territory first. But in the last two days the first females have also been passing through.