Friday, 26 October 2018

A blustery and showery day saw the discovery of a highly anticipated autumn scarcity in the form of a first-winter Barred Warbler. It was found at Ty Capel, a garden which seems to have a decent track record for attracting these heavily-built warblers. The last Bardsey bird on 21 October 2016 also frequented the same spot. It showed well to the assembled crowd as it gorged on blackberries and bumbled around on branches that were too weak for it. The twitch was an exciting one; whilst we were watching the bird there was sun, hail, rain, a rainbow and even a briefly calling Yellow-browed Warbler mixed in.

The north-westerly winds made seawatching productive, with four Leach's Petrels performing well in front of the North Hide as they caught the tailwind and made fast progress down the West Coast. Wildfowl highlights included four Whooper Swans overhead, a Canada Goose in the Sound, a Barnacle Goose that toured the island and a single Eider south. The Starling flock reached a impressive 4900 birds and thrush passage increased to 26 Fieldfares, 16 Song Thrushes and 40 Redwings.

Three Red-throated Divers, six Manx Shearwaters, six Common Scoters, a Buzzard, two Kestrels, a Merlin, three Water Rails, two Jack Snipes, two Snipes, two Great Skuas, 212 Herring Gulls, 1518 Kittiwakes, 1107 Razorbills, two Great Spotted Woodpeckers, six Stonechats, 26 Fieldfares, 16 Song Thrushes, 40 Redwings, a Barred Warbler, the 'blythi' Lesser Whitethroat, a Yellow-browed Warbler, six Chiffchaffs, eight Goldcrests, a Coal tit, four Blue tits, four Great tits, 4900 Starlings, 51 Chaffinches, two Bramblings, a Siskin and 34 Goldfinches

It was the biggest twitch of the year. Almost every person on the island is in this photo.

The strong north-westerly winds blew today's Leach's Petrels close in, making them hug the coastline as they went south.  A lucky observer in the North Hide got superb views of them gliding over the crashing waves © Richard Layton.

The sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth Whooper Swans of the autumn.

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