Friday, 28 April 2017

Overall, another decidedly quiet day. Highlights were a brief Water Pipit on the Narrows (the first in about five years, we think), and two Canada Geese in Solfach, a species that is still pretty uncommon on Bardsey but increasing exponentially in modern times.

Passerine migration was limited to 22 Wheatears, 15 White Wagtails, 17 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrests, 3 Lesser Redpolls, 2 Blackcaps and singles of Sedge Warbler and Siskin, while overhead just 62 Swallows and a single Sand Martin were noted. On the east side 41 Puffins and 14 Choughs were good counts, and at least 50% of Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls are on eggs now. Waders were quite poorly represented compared with recent days, but 19 Whimbrels, 18 Turnstones, 2 Ringed Plovers and singles of Curlew and Common Sandpiper recorded perseverance! Despite clear skies in the afternoon that you would've hoped would induce a bit of raptor passage, the only out-of-the-ordinary sightings were two Buzzards drifting over the Mountain.

In the moth trap just three individuals were noted, two Angle Shades and our first Common Carpet of the year, while on the insect front generally it was a quiet day.

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