Thursday, 21 September 2017

The last few days have been fairly unproductive on Bardsey, with little change noted today. The highlight was a Wryneck found at Cristin, it could be a new individual but, given the fairly dismal weather recently, is perhaps more likely the relocating Ty Pellaf bird that went undetected yesterday. Otherwise there was little evidence of arrivals on land, other than small increases to 61 Robins and 60 Goldcrests. Nine Chiffchaffs and four Blackcaps were scattered around the island, with 12 White Wagtails on the Narrows, otherwise there was a very small selection of other species, including five Lesser Redpolls at the Plantation, a single "Flava" Wagtail overhead, and one each of Spotted Flycatcher, Wheatear, Willow Warbler and Water Rail grounded. Three Sparrowhawks were also seen today, alongside lingering singles of Buzzard and Kestrel.

On the sea we also had a pretty sparse selection of birds on offer; 3320 Kittiwakes, 115 Razorbills and 84 Gannets were the most numerous species. The "big four" of early autumn has now become just a "big three", with hardly any Manx Shearwaters being seen most days. 14 Arctic Skuas, ten Great Skuas, seven Arctic Terns, three Sandwich Terns and a single Common Scoter provided the rest of the days interest. There had been almost no changeover of waders on the Narrows, apart from increases to 60 Curlews and three Dunlins, a single Teal in Solfach was also notable.

Little Owl, Ephraim Perfect; Ephraim's Bird Blog

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