Monday, 27 March 2017

Another idyllic day on Bardsey today as winds dropped to a mere 3mph by the afternoon, allowing for pleasant censusing and perfect conditions for ringing. The Wetlands produced two of the day’s highlights with a Jack Snipe was flushed with a Common Snipe early on, followed in the afternoon by a Green Sandpiper. This represents the earliest record of Green Sandpiper on Bardsey, followed by one on April 1st 1962!

Other migrants were also on the move four Skylarks were seen in the North West Fields, two Sand Martins passed over head and Meadow Pipits numbered 175 today. Chats were also on the move, with a good number of Robins trapped at the obs, 18 Stonechats were scattered around and nine Wheatear littered the coastline, also two Black Redstarts were still present in the Lighthouse Compound on the South End.

Skylark display flight

A Redwing was still present and a Mistle Thrush was the first of the year. A small arrival was evident on the warbler front, the expected Chiffchaffs amounted to 65 individuals and eight Willow Warblers were also present. New in were three Blackcaps and 54 Goldcrests. Also noted were 21 Chaffinches and two Lesser Redpoll.

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