Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sea-watching in the morning produced seven Arctic Skuas, 15 Fulmars, 248 Manx Shearwaters, 161 Gannets, seven Common Scoters, and 11 Sandwich Terns before the wind dropped markedly. This encouraged some passerine migrants through where upon seven Sand Martins and 83 Swallows were the vanguards. A decent movement of pipits and wagtails resulted in 151 Meadow Pipits, one Yellow Wagtail, ten Grey Wagtails, 18 Pied Wagtails, 130 (!) White Wagtails; most of which were on the Narrows. A female Redstart lingered in the withies whilst 57 Wheatears is the most recorded for some time. The Melodious Warbler remains in situ with one Sedge Warbler, two Whitethroats, one Garden Warbler, one Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, 15 Willow Warblers, 26 Goldcrests, one Spotted Flycatcher, 13 Ravens, one Collared Dove, and one Kestrel also logged. Waders today totalled three Ringed Plovers, seven Purple Sandpipers, one Dunlin, one Snipe, one Common Sandpiper, and 71 Turnstones.

Wheatears were moving through the island in good numbers

a juvenile Sedge Warbler was trapped and ringed amongst a small number of Willow Warblers and Goldcrests

A smart juvenile Grey Heron was caught around the Narrows during the night - the sixth to be ringed on Bardsey, and the first since 1997

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