Thursday, 28 April 2016

Severe gales, heavy rainstorms, and a few birds too. What else would you expect from Bardsey? The somewhat harsh weather conditions seemed to work wonders in downing a few migrants; generally increasingly throughout the day. A Little Egret flying around The Narrows in the morning was a surprise and hopefully the start of many records this year. Nearby a Flava’ Wagtail flew over, whilst also on The Narrows were four Ringed Plovers, six Purple Sandpipers, one Snipe, one Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Whimbrels, one Curlew, 27 Turnstones, one Black-headed Gull, and two White Wagtails.

Some nine Red-throated Divers (plus two other distant Diver sp) were seen moving off the North End with further sea-watching producing two Sandwich Terns, 110 Guillemots, 91 Razorbills, one Puffin, and 79 Manx Shearwaters.

A very good selection of migrants were over and under the bushes today with one Ring Ouzel, one Cuckoo, one Grasshopper Warbler, one Sedge Warbler, one Whitethroat, 21 Blackcaps, 13 Chiffchaffs, 71 Willow Warblers, five Goldcrests, two Buzzards, one Collared Dove, one Sand Martin, four Swallows, 25 Wheatears, two Rooks, three Siskins, 56 Goldfinches, and seven Lesser Redpolls recorded.

Lackey moth caterpillars have recently emerged on the island, and have been constructing their silken tents and devouring the fresh leaves of Damson bushes and Blackthorn

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