Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Superb weather all day coupled with a few scarce island birds made for happy faces all round. The clear highlight of the day swept in late in the evening as a flock of three Mute Swans were watched flying south over Cristin before alighting on The Narrows. With the last record coming six years ago in April 2010, this flock becomes only the ninth sighting in Bardsey’s history.

Another rare island bird, a Tree Sparrow, put in an appearance at Nant. The bird was watched singing in The Plantation in the morning adding to the already unprecedented run of records this spring. To cap off the great day a Short-eared Owl flew north over the Mountain ridge in the evening.

It was also equally busy out at sea with a count of 3258 Manx Shearwaters, the highest this year so far, alongside 51 Gannets, 29 Shags, ten Fulmars, one Common Gull, two Common Scoters, 584 Guillemots, 537 Razorbills, and ten Puffins. In addition one Grey Heron, one Kestrel, five Sanderlings, one Collared Dove, 12 Swifts, one Sand Martin, 97 Swallows, 34 House Martins, one Song Thrush, three Whitethroats, two Spotted Flycatchers, one Hooded Crow, and two Lesser Redpolls were logged.

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