Thursday, 22 December 2016

Today saw a good variety of species, predominately around the Narrows and in particular numbers of waders. A Grey Plover flying around there in the afternoon was one of the highlights and a good record of this scarce but generally annual species on Bardsey. A Whimbrel was still present and was alone on the coast just north of Solfach, whilst in the bays and shoreline around the Narrows 25 Oystercatchers, three Purple Sandpipers, 35 Curlews, 18 Redshanks and 14 Turnstones made up other wader counts. Again an excellent showing of Choughs, amounting to 25 individuals today, formed noisy social groups along the banks and seaweed. A male Shelduck rested amongst the Oystercatchers in Henllwyn, a pair of Merlins scoured the area of prey and a Grey Heron, 14 Mallards, six Rock Pipits and seven Starlings were also noted. Just offshore two Common Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, nine Herring Gulls, two Greater Black-backed Gulls and four Kittiwakes were seen.

Inland there was little change but plenty of species around to appreciate. A Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon, occupied the skies above the island whilst below a smart male Stonechat was present just south of the farm and two Song Thrushes, a Goldcrest, the same Blue Tit, a Chaffinch and eight Pink-footed Geese prevailed.

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