Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Its has come to that time of year when the "wardening season" is over and a small gap in the weather, the calm before the storm, allowed the wardening team to leave in a pre winter dispersal. A big thanks to all staff, volunteers, islanders and anyone who has helped over this season. Decent coverage of the island may be lacking over the next few months but censusing and reports of sightings will continue.

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

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