Friday, 4 August 2017

Highlights of today were two Kestrels seen over the Mountain on this mornings census, besides that all other regular migrants where recorded on the island including a small fall of three Chiffchaffs and ten Willow Warblers along with a Mediterranean Gull noted passing the West Coast.

Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) - Elliot's Birding Diaries 
Bardsey's very own 'waderfest' is getting stronger by the day with today's totals coming in at 50 Oystercatchers, two Ringed Plovers, three Purple Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, 15 Turnstones,  43 Curlews, six Whimbrels, a Dunlin, 1 Grey Heron, eight Redshank  and seven Sanderling. Meanwhile finch numbers are beginning to rise with a total of 69 Linnets being counted today with ninety-three noted on the 3rd!

For those currently on the island then a temporary Photography Hide set up along the path down to the boat house have been rewarded to excellent views of some of island Stonechats which despite heavy predation by Corvids have managed to fledge several young.

European Stonechat ssp. hibernans Saxicola rubicola - Elliot's Birding Diaries  

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