Saturday, 2 September 2017

With it being a busy changeover day, coverage of Bardsey was limited today, and many species were doubtless under-recorded. That being said, for the time that we were able to get out and about, it definitely felt a lot quieter than in recent days. The one exception was seawatching, where a productive watch in the early evening saw seven Arctic Skuas, three Pomarine Skuas and a single Balearic Shearwater logged, mostly heading south, alongside 52 Manx Shearwaters and 51 Gannets. 83 Lesser Black-backed Gulls south over the Mountain in the morning, the first day of strong passage in a little while. The only other sightings of note on the sea were a Red-throated Diver off Solfach, plus six Common Scoters and two Sandwich Terns south down the West Coast, possibly the lingering individual present for over a week now. At least five Risso's Dolphins were also lingering offshore today, giving excellent views.

Staff and Guests, including a research party from Whale and Dolphin Conservation, watching a pod of Risso's Dolphins from Cristin

Very poor numbers and diversity of waders were noted today, 19 Turnstones, 22 Curlews, 14 Oystercatchers, four Whimbrels, three Redshanks and a single Snipe all that was recorded.

Meanwhile it was similarly quiet on land, with Warblers restricted to eight Willow Warblers, seven Chiffchaffs, six Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, two Whitethroats, two Sedge Warblers and Willow Warbler. 96 Linnets, 36 Goldcrests, 21 Robins, 17 White Wagtails, five Wheatears, two Spotted Flycatchers and  were the only other migrants noted on a poor day. Two of Kestrels and three Sparrowhawks were also still present. A good count 16 Grey Wagtails were logged overhead, plus a single Tree Pipit and a decent hirundine passage of 151 Swallows and 19 House Martins.

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