Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Bardsey isn't know for huge numbers of waders passing by and stopping off on the island. However Solfach, one of the main beaches on the island was, in Bardsey terms, teaming with waders today. A fantastic count of 68 Turnstones in itself was great as they picked their way through the seaweed close to the surf as the tide reached its highest point. Accompanying them were eight Ringed Plovers, including some juveniles with their pale fringed feathers giving them a lightly scalloped, scaly look, along with four Dunlins, two Redshanks and a Sanderling. Other waders seen today included 86 Oystercatchers, 15 Curlews, a Whimbrel and two Common Sandpipers dotted around the island.

The first Curlew to be ringed for at least six or so years was dazzled on the Narrows along with a very dapper juvenile Oystercatcher.

Juvenile Oystercatcher, note the pale orange bill with dark tip and brown fringing to dark feathers 

Fog blotted out much of the island for a large part of the day but when it did eventually clear and the sea was again visible 468 Manx Shearwaters piled by, 13 Gannets headed south, 16 Common Scoter passed through the Bardsey Sound and 38 Kittiwakes, one Guillemots and eight Puffins including the first juvenile spotted floating off the north end with its sooty bill and face were seen.

Although there was little in the way of new new arrivals on the passerine front a smart juvenile Yellow Wagtail was present around the Narrows in the morning. Resident hirundines, most now on their second broods, amounted to nine Swallows and three House Martins in and around the houses and lighthouse compound. A total of 19 Rock Pipits, 42 Meadow Pipits, 61 Linnets and four Pied Wagtails peppered the islands fields, whilst 19 Willow Warblers, three Goldcrests, two Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers and a single Blackcap and Goldfinch skulked in the undergrowth and moved through the gardens.

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