Friday, 27 May 2016

A male Grey-headed Wagtail was a surprise find late in the day; present on The Narrows for just 15 minutes for one observer. If accepted, this will become only the second record for Bardsey. An Osprey was equally brief seen passing southwards over the Mountain in the afternoon. Amazingly, this is the fourth record this spring of a traditionally barely annual species. A/The Tree Sparrow put in another appearance in the morning too. It flew around the Abbey ruins before heading down into the Lowlands and not seen again. Sightings of this bird continue to be rather fleeting, I wonder where it is hiding?

An assortment of further sightings around the island include one Grey Heron, one Ringed Plover, one Dunlin, seven Whimbrels, four Turnstones, five Collared Doves, one Cuckoo, two Swifts, one Skylark, 37 House Martins, 14 Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats, seven Chiffchaffs, one Rook, one Hooded Crow, one Siskin, and one Lesser Redpoll. In non-avian news, an emergence of ten Blue-tailed Damselflies was noted on a pond in the North West Fields; the first seen this year.

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