Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Another windy start to the day though from dawn it was clear a few new birds had arrived overnight. Star of the show went to an overdue Little Bunting discovered on the Mountainside between Carreg Bach and Ty Capel. Though only the 15th record for Bardsey, and the first since 2012, this bird comes bang on cue with large numbers coming into Britain from the East in the last few weeks. In the evening the bird was trapped and ringed becoming the seventh to be ringed on the island.

Seabirds were not moving in quite the numbers seen yesterday but still one Fulmar, one Manx Shearwater, 142 Gannets, 27 Common Scoters, eight Mediterranean Gulls, 561 Kittiwakes, and 949 Razorbills were recorded with a little effort.

Some overhead visible migration came back into the fray with 14 Skylarks, one (rather late) Tree Pipit, four Grey Wagtails, 17 Jackdaws, four Rooks, 26 Starlings, three Bramblings, one Greenfinch, 11 Siskins, three Lesser Redpolls, and one Reed Bunting all seen and/or heard in the morning.

Asides from the Little Bunting a collection of thrushes comprising one Fieldfare, eight Song Thrushes, 30 Redwings, and one Mistle Thrush, alongside one Yellow-browed Warbler, nine Chiffchaffs, and 42 Goldcrests were the best finds inland. A single Wigeon lingered, two Buzzards soared, whilst one Kestrel, one Merlin, five Water Rails, and seven Snipes were noted. A highlight in the late afternoon was a group of six Risso’s Dolphins off the West Coast.

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