Wednesday, 27 July 2016

On a stunning day weather-wise there were a good deal of interesting migrants around. Biggest surprise of the day were the two female Goosanders which pitched down briefly in Henllwyn at midday. After a minute's rest they took off flying strongly north over the centre of the island. This, just the seventh record for Bardsey, comes quick on the heels of male seen briefly in flight in late autumn 2014.

The first major arrival of Willow Warblers occurred with 49 spread across the island today. The first Whinchat of the autumn was at the North End whilst three Kestrels, one Collared Dove, four Grey Wagtails, three Sedge Warblers, five Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, two Siskins, and two Goldfinches were noted.

Sea-watching was productive as a massive 6164 Manx Shearwaters were recorded along with 52 Common Scoters, one Mediterranean Gull, 12 Black-headed Gulls, and two Sandwich Terns.

The usual collection of waders on the Narrows contained five Ringed Plovers, nine Sanderlings, six Purple Sandpipers, 15 Dunlins, 11 Whimbrels, 43 Curlews, three Redshanks, six Common Sandpipers, and 46 Turnstones

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