Monday, 18 September 2017

A clear and calm night saw a considerable reduction in the numbers of many migrants compared to yesterday. However, a fair variety of species were still to be seen. Lingering on were the Wryneck at Ty Pellaf, the Treecreeper retrapped at Cristin and the Barn Owl around Nant. The most common grounded migrants were 112 Meadow Pipits, 111 Goldcrests, 41 Robins and 20 each of Chiffchaff and Stonechat. Some diversity was supplied by six Blackcaps, one Willow Warbler, four Wheatears, three Spotted Flycatchers, two Song Thrushes, 12 White Wagtails, 18 Goldfinches and three Lesser Redpolls. Meanwhile, overhead 98 Swallows were the only Hirundines on the move, with 53 "alba" Wagtails, 17 Grey Wagtails, 16 Ravens, three Skylarks and a Buzzard also moving through.

On the sea, the standout highlight was three Shovelers heading west off the South End in the morning; there are fewer than 30 records of this species for Bardsey! Two Wigeons and seven Common Scoters were also on the move, while the Kittiwake flocked numbered 3200. As usual, a few interesting species could be picked up amongst them, today including 133 Black-headed Gulls, 22 Common Gulls, three Sandwich Terns and one Pomarine, nine Arctic and six Great Skuas. 225 Razorbills and 43 Gannets were recorded today too, while Manx Shearwaters numbered a pitiful six. The only other seabird of note was an Arctic Tern in Henllwyn.

55 Turnstones, 53 Curlews, 39 Oystercatchers and 14 Redshanks comprised the bulk of the waders recorded today. Four Snipe were also flushed up from wet areas in the lowlands, there were singles of Dunlin and Whimbrel on Solfach, and the first Common Sandpiper in some time was on the South End.
we haven't got many photos from recent days to show you, so enjoy one more of the bird of the autumn so far!
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