Wednesday, 15 June 2016
The overnight night cloud and rain gave away early to a beautiful morning that only got better as the day went on. Bird-wise it hit with a bang as well with a Marsh Warbler declaring its presence by singing away at Ty Nesaf. After showing intermittently in the pines it was found in an open mist-net nearby, where it was duly ringed and biometrics taken. With only ten records this is still a scarce bird on the island though this is the fourth record in three years!
A female Redstart was also new in the Lowlands with further interesting sightings amounting to one Grey Heron, one Kestrel, two Collared Doves, two Blackcaps, one Spotted Flycatcher, and three Lesser Redpolls. The Golden Plover lingered on The Narrows another day with two Whimbrels, two Curlews, and 15 Turnstones too. A flock of three Redshanks flew south at sea as 1735 Manx Shearwaters, 35 Gannets, 218 Kittiwakes, and one Sandwich Tern were recorded. A good tally of 86 Puffins were noted off the East Side of the Mountain and finally a lone Lapwing was at the North End.
Some of the visitors enjoying the daily empty-ing of the Moth Trap
Shark, an irregular species on Bardsey
The first Snout of the year