Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Yesterday’s wildfowl movement trickled into today with a Whooper Swan heading north (the 49th record for Bardsey), 16 Wigeons, and 16 Common Scoters passing by the island. More offshore passage consisted of a Great Skua, six Mediterranean Gulls, 651 Black-headed Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, 39 Guillemots, and 247 Razorbills.

Though Skylark numbers are starting to fall 24 were recorded flying over today. Finch movement totalled 52 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, three Siskins, seven Goldfinches, six Linnets, one Lesser Redpoll, and three Greenfinches (a surprisingly poor autumn for this species). The female Bullfinch continued to be seen around Cristin garden whislt one Reed Bunting also flew over the Lowlands. The biggest movement was another surge of Starlings with 328 sighted, though yet to get into four figures so far this autumn.

A minimum of three Water Rails continue to hide on the island, whilst singles of Purple Sandpiper and Jack Snipe were the most notable wader sightings today. A total of 21 Blackbirds remain along with two Fieldfares, seven Song Thrushes, and two Redwings. Warblers today included two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, one Willow Warbler (edging closer to the latest island record), and 20 Goldcrests. A pair of Blue Tits continue their residence whilst another Siberian Chiffchaff, this time in Cristin Withy, continues the extraordinary autumn Bardsey is having for this distinctive form.

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