Wednesday, 7 September 2016
The calmest day for some time brought some much appreciated migrants through the island. The first real ‘vismig’ session of the autumn produced seven Sand Martins, 372 Swallows, 109 House Martins, three Tree Pipits, 146 Meadow Pipits, one ‘flava’ Wagtail, 14 Pied Wagtails, 49 White Wagtails, and 69 Grey Wagtails (a new island record).
Sea passage was highlighted by a juvenile Long-tailed Skua heading south along the West Coast, followed by another through the sound a few hours later; with further sightings of 92 Gannets, four Common Scoters, 70 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 140 Herring Gulls, 469 Kittiwakes, two Sandwich Terns, and 87 Razorbills.
Migrants inland came to one Kestrel, one Sedge Warbler, three Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, four Chiffchaffs, 14 Willow Warblers, 35 Goldcrests, two Spotted Flycatchers, and one Pied Flycatcher.
Wader activity came to two Ringed Plovers, three Knots, four Purple Sandpipers, one Dunlin, 15 Snipes, one Bar-tailed Godwit, four Whimbrels, 51 Curlews, nine Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers, and 35 Turnstones.
Also of note were the four Speckled Woods present together at Nant, one of the highest counts for Bardsey.