Tuesday, 30 October 2018

It was another eerily calm day today. With the mountain sheltering any wind from the East, there wasn’t a breath of wind. The mist-nets at Cristin and Nant were duly opened, which proved worthwhile with large numbers of finches and thrushes being caught. The nets this morning also provided perhaps the most bizarre record of the autumn so far! At around 0830 a Cetti’s Warbler was discovered in the nets at Cristin, the bird was duly processed and released in the garden never to be seen again. Amazingly this constitutes just the second record for Bardsey following one in 1973 also present on 30th of October, 45 years ago TO THE DAY!

Contrary to recent days sea passage was nothing exception, 12 Common Scoters were the highlight. Other Wildfowl today included two Wigeons and four Teals. The Merlin was still present as were two Sparrowhawks and the Water Rail. Waders were again a talking point with Jack Snipes continuing to avoid our best efforts to catch them, one was seen today. Other waders included ten Snipes, two Woodcocks, one Whimbrel, 11 Curlews, 11 Redshanks and six Turnstones. Some more vis-mig failed to match the swarms moving through in recent day, but still a good number of birds were logged overhead including ten Skylarks, 1216 Jackdaws, two Rooks, 425 Starlings, 204
 Chaffinches, 37 Bramblings, seven Greenfinches, eight Siskins, ten Goldfinches, six Linnets, four Lesser Redpolls and one Bullfinch.

A reasonable number of birds were also present on the land among the chats and thrushes today were 22 Robins, one Black Redstart, one Ring Ouzel, 31 Blackbirds, 15 Song Thrushes, 17 Redwings and one Mistle Thrush. A good look in the vegetation of the island also provided the Lesser Whitethroat, two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and ten Goldcrests.

Cetti's Warbler is the first new bird to be ringed on Bardsey since 2010 when Woodlark and Rose-ringed Parakeet were added to the extensive Bardsey ringing list

A particularly confiding Chiffchaff watched feeding in the autumn sun at Nant

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