|Long term volunteer and new assistant warden for the 2017 season Ephraim Perfect not pictured as he was behind the camera|
An arrival of Blackbirds was evident when strolling around the Observatory and other well vegetated areas on the island, 26 were counted in total, some in unusual places indicated new arrivals fresh in. A couple of Fieldfares passed over the Observatory, an additional bird seen at the Plantation and two Song Thrushes were thrushes for the day. A pair of Siberian Chiffchaffs remained in the Withies and a long staying Willow Warbler became the latest record of this species on Bardsey, beating the previous record by a few days, a Chiffchaff and 12 Goldcrests were the only other warblers noted. Overhead passage comprised mostly of finches with 25 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, two Siskins, a Goldfinch, Linnet and Bullfinch seen, whilst a Grey Wagtail was heard over the Narrows, 400 Starlings, a Water Rail in the Withies and Common Snipe were other highlights.
Raptors provided a parting excitement for the wardening team as a Merlin stooped and dived at an adult Peregrine over the Narrows. A Sparrowhawk, two Common Buzzards and a Kestrel roamed the island throughout the day