Thursday, 3 November 2016

A stiff, but mild, south westerly blew throughout the day, dropping to a mere 6mph by midday. Combined with dense cloud cover, this produced the year’s second Pallas’s Warbler. The bird was seen at Nant around the plantation, occasionally flashing its rump patch and peeking out of the foliage to show its bold head markings. It proved elusive throughout most of the day, until the evening when it showed well for a single observer. This species seems to be becoming ever more regular, not only in the UK, but also here on Bardsey, with Pallas’s Warbler becoming almost annual in recent years.

Pallas's Warbler, dark eye stripe, bold supercillium tinged orange towards the forehead, features to compare against the similar looking Yellow-Browed Warbler, apologies for the "record shot" quality

Here the central crown stripe is just visible
Out to sea today, there seemed to be a reasonable movement of auks and gulls. Seawatching produced totals of two Teals, seven Common Scoters, 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 1700 Black-headed Gulls and 2229 Razorbills.

Inland, a Merlin was seen around the North End, two Water Rails were heard, two Snipes were flushed from the South End and a Woodcock from Pen Cristin. Overhead passage consisted of just a single Skylark, marking what appears to be the end of their migration over the island. Two Black Redstarts were seen, with a cracking adult male seen in the Lowlands. Aside from the aforementioned Pallas’s Warbler, warblers remained the same with a Yellow-browed Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 12 Goldcrests and a single Siberian Chiffchaff logged. Some finches were still moving through as well, with such highlights as four Siskins, a Bullfinch and a brace of Crossbills.

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