Thursday, 13 October 2016

Winds persisted to blow from the east today, and teamed with thick cloud cover it held promises of rare eastern birds blown off course. The day provided just that! A Radde’s Warbler was found in the morning at Plas Withy, following some brief, but close views, the bird disappeared into the undergrowth. Despite extensive searching, the bird wasn’t relocated again until the afternoon, when it reappeared at Nant. The nets were opened and shortly thereafter the bird was caught and duly processed. This constitutes only the sixth record for Bardsey and the ninth for Wales!

Today's Radde's Warbler

Seawatching was reasonably productive today, despite calm conditions a Pintail, an Eider, 13 Common Scoters, a Great Skua and 86 Razorbills were recorded, largely being seen of the South End.

A Merlin was still present on the island hunting any of the smaller passerines. Whilst two Water Rails were heard squealing in the Withies and four Snipes were flushed from the Wetlands. Three Skylarks and eight Grey Wagtails migrated over the island as well today. Thrushes continue to pass through the island, some stopping, resting and feeding and others just moving through to their wintering grounds. Thrush totals consisted of 17 Blackbirds, two Fieldfares, six Song Thrushes and eight Redwings. Warblers are also still migrating through the island, five Blackcap, five Yellow-browed Warblers, 10 Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler and 28 Goldcrests were on the island today. Also of note were a party of Coal Tit numbering three individuals which are the first of the autumn.

And one of the five Yellow-browed Warblers seen today

The Hooded Crow lingered, being seen on the South End and North West Fields. Finches are also starting to grow in number now, 63 Chaffinches, one Brambling, 19 Siskins, one Lesser Redpoll and a Bullfinch were all logged. Three Reed Buntings were also seen today which mark the beginning of migration for this species, which should increase in number of the next few weeks.

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