Friday, 29 October 2021

 Today started off as expected wet and cold. Stuart finished off inputting this years ringing data into DemOn (the BTOs online database). Over 4000 birds have been handled this year, the majority of which were Manx Shearwaters and Willow Warblers! 

At around 10am the clouds parted and it turned into a glorious day. Stuart managed to walk around the whole Island though wellies were essential. 

Full ditches along the West Coast

Cafn in the Autumn sunshine (before a cold swim)

It was fairly busy at Ty Pellaf with Chaffinches, a Redwing, a Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs in the gardens feeding amongst fallen apples. A big flock of 62 Curlew and seven Oystercatchers flew off Henllwyn towards the South End where they were was also a  Purple Sandpiper. The South End was otherwise quiet with nothing on any of the new pools that have been created by the constant rain.  A Nursehound eggcase was found on Solfach, showing how diverse the sea is off Bardsey.

Nursehound Shark eggcase

Along the West Coast there was a Kestrel and a Merlin which were both being mobbed by the remaining Meadow Pipits and flocks of Starlings. Once past Ogof Hir two Snow Buntings were flushed towards the North End hide and a summer plumage Great Northern Diver passed along the West Coast within binocular view. A Painted Lady and Red Admiral were also out enjoying the sunshine at Ty Bach.

After lunch and a final (very cold) swim of the year in Cafn, Stuart waded through the Withies and heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker and flushed a Woodcock (his final island tick of the year?). The evening was spent packing away. The famed seawatching benches in front of the Obs were moved into the gift shop to keep them dry. 

It is Stuarts last full day on Bardsey before catching the boat tomorrow morning. Steve will remain to close up the Obs and keep you up to date until the next boat arrives.

Birds today: one Great Northern Diver, 25 Gannets, two Grey Herons, one Kestrel, one Merlin, one Purple Sandpiper, three Snipes, one Woodcock, 62 Curlews, eight Redshanks, two Turnstones, 30 Black-headed Gulls, one Great Spotted Woodpecker, five Skylarks, 10 Redwings, two Blackcaps, ten Chiffchaffs, 11 Goldcrests, 158 Starlings, 42 Chaffinches, one Brambling, three Goldfinches, two Snow Buntings

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