Saturday, 7 May 2016
Very much a game of two halves today. Low-lying cloud and sporadic showers made the morning a little dreary. Plenty of birds were around though including most of the day’s hirundine passage with three Swifts, two Sand Martins, 208 Swallows, and 159 House Martins over. The rarest sighting of the day put in a brief appearance in the form of a Tree Sparrow at Nant before rain stopped play.
Tree Sparrow - a particularly hard bird to catch up with on Bardsey
In the afternoon the sun took control making it all the more enjoyable and was also when the warblers came out to play. The year’s highest count of Sedge Warblers was logged with 11 around the island, plus one Grasshopper Warbler, three Whitethroats, five Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, seven Goldcrests, and a Firecrest at Nant.
The biggest arrival of the day though were Spotted Flycatchers with a mighty 31 recorded flitting from post to post. The best of the rest include a Cuckoo, a Kestrel, one Snipe, two Collared Doves, four Rooks, nine Siskins, 29 Goldfinches, and ten Lesser Redpolls.
Oystercatcher nest on The Narrows