Friday, 8 April 2016

A rather pleasant day on Bardsey with the wind finally abating. A surprise Coal Tit appeared at Nant in the morning before moving swiftly down the island and re-appearing at Cristin. This species is just about annual on the island but last autumn witnessed one of the biggest movements ever recorded, with flocks of 20+ buzzing around the island at times. It interesting to think whether this spring record is perhaps one of these autumn migrants on return passage? More good news came from Bae Nant where a lone Black Guillemot was seen (and heard singing), the same site where a pair have held territory in recent years. Fingers crossed for the long-awaited first breeding record for Bardsey. And finally a Stock Dove was seen over Cristin and Plas early in the morning becoming the third record this year.

A tidy sum of migrants were found across the island including three Sparrowhawks, four Buzzards, one Merlin, two Purple Sandpipers, one Whimbrel, nine Redshanks, 20 Turnstones, one Collared Dove, one Sand Martin, 12 Swallows, three White Wagtails, 20 Wheatears, two Blackcaps, ten Chiffchaffs, 34 Willow Warblers, 21 Goldcrests, two Starlings, two Greenfinches, seven Siskins, 12 Goldfinches, one Lesser Redpoll, and two Reed Buntings.

A timelapse video of the island's Grey Seals hauling out on Henllwyn at high tide

There have been some smart male Siskins around in recent days (c) Mark Carter

The first Green Tiger Beetles of the year were found along the dry earth banks in Henllwyn, with over 30 recorded. 

A rather formidable Spider, what appears to be Amaurobius fenestralis

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