Sunday, 8 October 2017

Winds dropped below 20 mph for the first time in October today and swung round to the NNW, and the results were obvious. Many birds had presumably been held up by the fierce southerly winds of late, but with a calm period we saw some good vismig.

Out to sea 10 Common Scoters, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Pomarine Skua, four Great Skuas, two Mediterranean Gulls, one Little Gull, 3250 Kittiwakes and 564 Razorbills made for productive seawatching.

However, the highlights of the day were on or over the land, a good selection of raptors passed through today including four Sparrowhawks, two Buzzards, two Merlins and a Peregrine. Three Water Rails were heard, and three Snipes flushed from the Wetlands and Withies, but the majority of waders were seen on the Narrows as per usual. Purple Sandpipers returned today with a group of 15 birds, a Whimbrel was picked out amongst the 61 Curlews, 22 Redshanks were in Henllwyn and 42 Turnstones lingered around the shoreline. A total of three Great Spotted Woodpeckers were logged today, evidence of an above average year on Bardsey. Overhead passage consisted of 78 Skylarks, most of the 126 Meadow Pipits logged today, five Grey Wagtails, 32 Chaffinches, one Brambling, 20 Siskins, nine Lesser Redpolls and four Reed Buntings, an enjoyable list of species to whet the appetite of the guest this week. Also logged today was a good passage of chats, 67 Robins and 13 Stonechats were recorded. Finally, a Ring Ouzel, nine Song Thrushes, seven Blackcaps, seven Chiffchaffs and four Blue Tits were the other migrants seen today.

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