Thursday, 18 April 2019

It was a glorious day to be on Bardsey today, the sun was shining and there was just a breath of easterly wind bringing some fog and some birds.

The highlight of the day probably goes to the Great Tit found in the observatory garden this evening. Any Tit species is a good bird on Bardsey as they don't tend to stray far from where they are born especially across stretches of sea. The other main highlights included the first Sedge Warblers of the year, five in total, and an influx of 140 Willow Warblers with an good day count of . Also, one Common Redstart, one Common Whitethroat, three Grasshopper Warblers, 9 Chiffchaffs and 44 Blackcaps were also seen. Hirundines put in a good show today especially along the narrows, in total 67 Swallow were seen accompanied by 27 Sand Martin and seven House Martin. Meadow Pipits and Rock Pipits were counted at 128 and 17 respectively and Alba wagtails were seen on the coast line numbering 41 with a handful of White Wagtails in there. Final numbers of interest for the Passerines included 71 Wheatear, two Ring Ouzel, one Song Thrush, six Goldcrest, 18 Goldfinch, 108 Linnet, and two Canada Geese.
Sedge Warbler                         Lewis Hooper

Wader counts were also showing signs of spring too, there were 4 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 12 Snipe, one Jack Snipe, 4 Whimbrel, 2 Common Sandpiper and 17 Turnstone.

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