Monday, 17 October 2016

Strong south-westerly winds continued to batter the coast today, and brought with them heavy showers, occasionally broken by sunshine. Following yesterday’s sighting, the small hide on the South End was once again full, in hope of another view of the monster that had graced the shores of Bardsey a mere 24 hours before. Unfortunately, attempts were fruitless, but a good passage of seabirds was noted none the less. Ten Manx Shearwaters were seen, some of the last of the season, making their way south. A Belearic Shearwater was picked out amongst them, given away by its chubby build and darker underparts. A steady stream of other sea birds was also logged including, 265 Gannets, 16 Common Scoters, two Arctic Skuas, four Great Skuas, 19 Mediterranean Gulls, 4775 Kittiwakes and 1349 Razorbills.

On land a Grey Heron was still lingering, and a Wigeon was seen briefly in Solfach. A Merlin, was still seen on the South End hunting. Water Rail numbers rose to five today, with a couple in the Withies. Wader highlights were made up of one Ringed Plover, one Golden Plover, seven Purple Sandpipers, one Dunlin, one Bar-tailed Godwit and 43 Turnstones, whilst a Jack Snipe and three Common Snipes were flushed from the Wetlands. The Withies also produced a Woodcock, a bird which we hope to see more of as the winter begins to properly set in. A total of 17 Skylarks were dotted around the island, and two Swallows and three Wheatears were late passage birds. Thrushes have slowed down again, with only nine Blackbirds, three Song Thrushes and two Redwings recorded.

Warblers are still inhabiting the bushes and trees of the island, two Blackcap, two Yellow-browed Warblers, ten Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 34 Goldcrests and two Firecrest were all present today.

 One of the resident Little Owls in it's usual spot in Nant Valley

Yellow-browed Warbler

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