Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Today was one of those day's where clouds move across the sky almost faster than you can track them with your eyes. It was distinctly breezy, but thankfully this meant that any rain showers were quickly blown over the island and for most of the day we were bathing in sunshine. It was perfect weather for taking part in the beach clean organised by Island Manager Siân Stacey. A fantastic effort by islanders and guests alike meant that three tonnes of rubbish was removed from the shoreline, really hitting home just how much junk (polystyrene foam was a particularly bad offender) is floating in our seas. A link for donating to the Bardsey Island Trust's ongoing beach clean appeal can be found here

A jolly bunch of Bardsey beach cleaners! © Siân Stacey

Birdwise, the rarity highlight of the day came as we were all enjoying a well earned post-beach clean cuppa, when Icky Steve picked out a Wigeon heading low over the island. However, the most impressive event of the day was without a doubt the impressive fall of Chiffchaffs that took place. It seemed as though every gorse bush contained a feeding warbler, with the minimum total coming to an impressive 128. Other birds seen today included six Manx Shearwaters at sea, a Grey Heron, four Shelducks, a Sparrowhawk, one of the female Merlins, two Water Rails, 129 Oystercatchers, two Whimbrels, a Collared Dove, 99 Meadow Pipits, a Black Redstart, three Stonechats, a large arrival of 31 Wheatears, four Blackcaps, five Willow Warblers, a Blue tit, 20 Chaffinches, five Linnets, two Bullfinches and presumably yesterday's Hawfinch heard first thing.

Chiffchaffs and Wheatears were the stars of today, with a huge increase in numbers for both species compared to yesterday 

This female Great-spotted Woodpecker has been on the island since August last year. The first over-wintering record for the island - all she needs now is a mate!

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