Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Days this quiet don't happen very often on Bardsey. A mixture of strong, gusting North-westerlies, bitterly cold temperatures and frequent rain and hail showers evidently did about as much for prospects of migration as you'd expect them to! Our only remotely frequent grounded migrants were 27 Wheatears, with the rest represented by nine White Wagtails, five Willow Warblers, two Sedge Warblers and singles of Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Overhead, the merest trickle of 12 Swallows and one Sand Martin was noted, alongside a female Sparrowhawk which, against all recieved wisdom, chose today to cross the Irish Sea! The very tired and bedraggled individual just made it over the South End cliffs, making landfall by the seawatching hide.

Also out to sea was a small morning passage that included 20 Manx Shearwater south, 16 Fulmar going in both directions and a distant flock of five Commic Terns south. Three Common Gulls and five Black-headed Gulls were mostly noted in Henllwyn, taking shelter from the stormy seas. There was also a slight increase in some wader numbers, including 25 each of Dunlins and Turnstones, 21 Whimbrels, five Ringed Plovers and a single Curlew. A single gallant Green-veined White took wing in the relative shelter of the Withies, the only Butterfly noted all day. If the wind could slow a little bit soon, that'd be lovely!

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