Friday, 14 April 2017

The northly winds continued to hold back the bulk of migrants today, only allowing a trickle of strong fliers to make landfall or pass by out to sea.

The sea produced today’s undoubtable highlight with a Balearic Shearwater which passed along with 13 Manx Shearwaters. This very unseasonable record constitutes the 2nd ever Spring record for Bardsey, after a single which was seen on the 22nd April 1996! Also out to sea were ten Guillemots and 91 Razorbills.

Among the usual waders in Henllwyn today was a Greenshank accompanied by two White Wagtails on Solfach.

Inland, migrants were much scarcer on the ground, with six Swallows the only hirundine recorded and nine Wheatears presumably resident pairs holding territories.

Chough carrying nesting material on the East Side

Wheatear taking a break from displaying

On the warbler front, the plantation held a large percentage of the one Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaffs, ten Willow Warblers and two Goldcrests seen today. Finally, also of note today was a Blue Tit.

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