Saturday, 10 August 2019

Today we saw some weather on Bardsey. The wind was up to 60mph from some reports from the south west creating a really rough sea! With this in mind there was only one thing to do, seawatch.

From the observatory and from the north hide a total seawatch went from 07:00 until 13:00. The number of Manx Shearwaters passing was the most impressive spectacle as they streamed through heading south off the west coast passing at around 2000 an hour at times! The days total tallied 11,786 but there must have been more. Other good totals included three Balearics, two Black Terns, two Wood Sandpipers, two Arctic Skuas, one Great Skua, three Sandwich Terns, 12 Commic Terns, 177 Gannets, 29 Fulmar, 193 Kittiwakes and a single Swift.   

A walk around the south end and the narrows at close to high tide really made you feel like you were on a remote island. The waves out to sea seemed taller than the land you were standing on at points and as they rolled in toppling over themselves they crashed into the rocky shores, rushing into small in-coves, splashing up and drenching you with sea water. quite a spectacle. Waders were feeding amongst the mountains of seaweed that had been thrown up and flocks were made up of mostly Turnstone and Dunlins with 35 and six respectively along with seven Redshank and a single Sanderling.

Manx Shearwaters over a rough sea

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