Thursday, 29 March 2018

We were greeted to another fine, sunny day albeit with a bitterly cold easterly wind gusting across the island. The highlight was probably a Blue tit which settled at Cristin and quickly discovered the newly filled bird feeders. Although common on the mainland, it remains a scarce annual spring and autumn migrant to Bardsey.

Out at sea a Red-throated Diver, eight Fulmars, five Manx Shearwaters, six Gannets and five Common Scoters were off the south end. On land, a Merlin remained in the vicinity of the Lighthouse. Waders seen around the coast included 98 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrels, five Curlews, seven Redshanks and 11 Purple Sandpipers remained on the Narrows. The Great Spotted Woodpecker commuted between the Withies and Cristin for much of the morning. Migrant passerines were slightly down on yesterday, with totals coming to 70 Meadow Pipits, four Stonechats, four Wheatears, two Chiffchaffs, four Goldcrests, one Greenfinch, one Siskin, three Goldfinches and one Linnet.

The first Goldfinch to be ringed at the obs this year

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