Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Yesterday’s male Eastern Subalpine Warbler remained in situ on the South End despite (or perhaps because) of the drizzle and rain spells throughout the day. Even with the wet weather it was always rather warm and it was these southerly winds that brought over a real island treat, a Black Kite! This ragged individual was picked up flying high south down the island pursued by a Carrion Crow or two. After an abrupt turn it gained and drifted along the Mountain ridge, loafing high for half an hour, before circling over to the Mainland. This unexpected sighting is just the third record for Bardsey.
The rather frayed Black Kite soaring high over Cristin. Another individual was reported from Anglesey later in the day; perhaps our bird heading north?
A Short-eared Owl was discovered in the afternoon heading northwards over from Ty Pellaf to the West Coast. A Tree Pipit flew over the South End, two Blue-headed Wagtails were still on The Narrows, and two Whinchats were in the wetlands.
A female Teal was new in whilst a good count of 66 Common Scoters was made out to sea along with 12 Black-headed Gulls. Another good tally of waders included one Golden Plover, three Dunlins, two Bar-tailed Godwits, 22 Whimbrels, two Curlews, one Redshank, one Common Sandpiper, and 17 Turnstones.
More avian highlights in an excellent day include 15 Sedge Warblers, one Lesser Whitethroat, 13 Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers, 21 Blackcaps, 20 Chiffchaffs, 11 Willow Warblers, four Goldcrests, one Firecrest, eight Spotted Flycatchers, 13 Lesser Redpolls, one Sand Martin, 151 Swallows, 22 House Martins, 25 Wheatears, one Song Thrush, one ‘Flava’ Wagtail, one White Wagtail, and two Collared Doves.