Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Even though there was still no sign of the first Wheatears or Sand Martins on Bardsey yet there were plenty of signs of spring in the air to facilitate a good days census.

A first winter Glaucous Gull moving north up the West Coast was a welcome sight, some might say well over due considering the influx of white winged gulls in the UK this winter. Good numbers of other common and resident gulls were counted mostly at the north end gull colony, down the West Coast and onto the Narrows, 40 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 195 Herring Gulls and three Greater Black-backed Gulls the final counts.

First Winter Glaucous Gull and Herring Gull, apologies for the quality
A stunning drake Eider and young male rested on the sea just off the West Coast before heading south out of sight as close by a Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver followed suit. A Merlin perched on the coastal fence line whilst there wasn't much change in the numbers or species of waders today although plenty were still on show including 120 Oystercatchers, 18 Curlews, single Whimbrel, ten Redshanks, 21 Purple Sandpipers and five Turnstones.

Sparrowhawk high above the mountain kept the Magpies on their toes as it circled above whilst the Common Buzzard was still present and earlier on seven Ravens noisily tussled overhead. A couple of Pied Wagtails, including an extremely dapper male, and three Stonechats were the main highlights on the passerine front as the resident Wrens and Dunnocks frequently burst into song from most locations on the island, whilst a Water Rail was heard in Ty Pellaf reed bed. 

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