Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The weather was mild, with a decent amount of sunlight shining through the clouds in the morning, with constant, gentle southerly winds. Out to sea, some white peaks were forming on a few waves, but it was generally a calm view.

An early morning walk down the main track, along the edges of the Lowlands, Wetlands, Ty Pellaf and through to South End produced some decent records. The first Wheatears of the year showed well on the rocks at South End, two males within metres of each other. On top of that, a Short-eared Owl was flushed from the gorse bushes around the lighthouse, before doing a quick circuit and landing elsewhere in the area. A female Sparrowhawk did a slow fly-by through the Narrows and headed north, towards the taller vegetation. Other records include the usual suspects, such as: 26 Redshank, 34 Turnstones, 35 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 339 Herring Gulls, three Woodpigeons, 37 Meadow Pipits, eight Rock Pipits, seven Pied Wagtails,  two Stonechats, 17 Choughs and eight Chiffchaffs.
Wheatear - One of the first migrants to arrive
on British shores
Bardsey is arguably the best location in the UK to see Choughs, with
around 9 pairs nesting on the island annually
Work continues at the Lodge, getting the rooms and living areas ready is of course a priority at the start of each season. This year, volunteers Linda and Mike have helped greatly in getting everything back to standard!
Mike giving the shower a scrub
Around mid-afternoon, fog settled in and unfortunately didn't shift until the following day, which made any chances of a seawatch practically nil. However, a walk up to the North End and West Coast did provide some modest auk counts, a total count of 339 Herring Gulls and several Shags.

The lighthouse, shrouded in fog at sunset

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