Tuesday, 21 March 2017
With winds once again battering the island today, much of our attention was placed out to sea. A small movement of ten Fulmars and two Manx Shearwaters passed by out to sea, with a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers seen flying past the South End in the morning.
Red-breasted Merganser though common across most of the rest of Britains coastline only present a handful of records annually on Bardsey
A good selection of raptors were again present around the island including a Sparrowhawk, a Buzzard, a Merlin, two Peregrines and two Little Owls. A Water Rail was heard “squealing” in the Withies and 14 Stonechats were placed around the island, feeding and holding territories for the breeding season to come. A further four Wheatears were present today, with other migrants totalling ten Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrests and two Siskins.
Merlin sheltering from the wind on the South End
Wheatear perched on the Narrows