Friday, 5 May 2017

Another very good day on Bardsey. The standout bird was a cracking immature male Golden Oriole, which was discovered mid-morning in the Obs garden and continued to entertain throughout the day. Although rarely allowing prolonged views, it was frequently seen flying back and forth over the garden.

Among other grounded migrants, 67 Wheatears were the commonest. Warblers were represented by 16 Sedge Warblers, 14 Willow Warblers, 11 Chiffchaffs, eight Blackcaps, three Whitethroats and a single Lesser Whitethroat in the Green Lane. There were also two Pied Flycatchers and singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart and Song Thrush around the Obs, two Siskins at Nant and 12 White Wagtails scattered along the West Coast and Solfach.
Male Redstart
Male Pied Flycatcher
Female Pied Flycatcher
 366 Swallows were logged moving through, while the first proper Swift passage of the year resulted in 42 being logged. Mixed in with these two were 25 House Martin and nine Sand Martin, with a good mixture of other species "vis-migged"; five Tree Pipits, four Lesser Redpolls, three "Flava" Wagtails, three "Alba" Wagtails and singles of Blue-headed Wagtail, Grey Wagtail and Rook.

A fine evening passage of 183 Manx Shearwaters was logged, while four cracking Pomarine Skuas moved through in the afternoon, a pair and two singles. The wader selection featured an increased 47 Whimbrels, seven Turnstones, six Ringed Plovers, four Sanderling, four Curlew, three Common Sandpiper, three Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit. A few other odds and ends throughout the day included a season high of ten Collared Doves, a Black-headed Gull over Nant, and singles of Kestrel and Merlin moving through.

Bar-tailed Godwit 

It was also an improved day for Lepidoptera. The Moth trap produced three Dark Sword Grasses, two Angle Shades and singles of Flame Shoulder, Parsnip Moth and Marbled Coronet. The best selection of butterflies yet recorded featured 43 Green-veined Whites, six Red Admirals, three Small Coppers, two Large Whites, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Speckled Wood.

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