Thursday 23 March 2023

Very strong winds across Bardsey today, mixed with sunny and rainy spells. Birds were few and far between with a Whimbrel, 16 Redshanks, 10 Wheatears and a Rook the highlights.

Wheatear © Ed Betteridge

The evening was spent walking around the Island with the thermal. In total, two Wheatears, five Meadow Pipits, a Magpie and a Oystercatcher were trapped a ringed. However, the stand out highlight was a Short-eared Owl in the Lowlands; the first since 2021.
Woodcock taken through the thermal © Ed Betteridge

Snipe taken through the thermal © Ed Betteridge

Other bird species recorded today included 30 Gannets, two Ringed Plovers, 196 Oystercatchers, 11 Snipe, six Purple Sandpipers, five Curlews, 11 Stonechats, five Goldcrests, four Chiffchaffs, six Starling and two Goldfinch.

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