Friday, 17 March 2023

This morning, I started the census for the first time this year before heading back to being cleaning and unpacking. They were a good number of Grey Seals on both Solfach and Henllwyn.

Grey Seals on Solfach looking like rocks!

Unfortunately, one of the Choughs had succumbed to quite possibly a Peregrine over the winter. I sent the information about the colour rings off and we will find out later today where it was ringed; it’s not a bird that was ringed on Bardsey, but it could well have been ringed close by on the mainland.

Remains of a Chough on the Narrows 

There was not a lot passing at sea, a few razorbills and guillemots whizzed by and a couple of Shags were on the rocks.

It was quite warm, even though there was quite a breeze blowing from the south. The southerly wind has brought some of the first migrants of the year. A Black Redstart shivered  its russet tail at the Lighthouse, but did not want to hang about to be photographed. 

At least four male Wheatears were on the South End and Narrows. 

One of the first Wheatears of the year

They also held a good number of Meadow Pipits, with 92 logged. 

Meadow Pipit

There was also a rather nice White Wagtail amongst Pied Wagtails on the Narrows, but again did not want his picture taken!

Pied Wagtail

Two Chiffchaffs was singing in the Withies on my way back. Six Teals and a Shelduck were also seen in the Wetlands and a Blue Tit was at the Observatory.  


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