Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A grey, drizzly day for the most part saw very little noted on Bardsey. Most of the sightings of note came from the South and North Ends in the morning, when the weather was decent for a few hours and a bit of seawatching could be done. 2729 Kittiwakes were mostly loafing offshore, with 628 Razorbills and 149 Gannets on the move. Again the interesting sightings were mostly of birds amongst the Kittiwake flocks, and today they included an excellent 17 Arctic and nine Great Skuas, a single Pomarine Skua, eight Arctic and four Sandwich terns and 14 Black-headed and two Mediterranean Gulls. 66 Common Scoters, 16 Dunlins and a single Teal passed through as well.

Meanwhile, on the land, it was a very muted affair. 45 Curlews, 44 Oystercatchers, 43 Turnstones, 16 Redshanks, three Whimbrels and a Snipe were as good as it gor for waders, and it wasn't much busier on the passerine front; 127 Swallows, 25 House Martins and three Grey Wagtails moved through overhead, and on the deck just 39 Goldcrests, three Chiffchaffs and three Blackcaps were noted. 43 Rock Pipits were around the coasts, with 15 Pied Wagtails on Solfach the highest count in some time, and probably indicating the start of autumn passage for this subspecies.

Photos from Manx Shearwater ringing last night, most of Bardsey's young are now well developed and ready to fledge.
© Sian Stacey

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