Tuesday 30 May 2023

Clear skies and easterly winds at this time of year meant rarities were on the mind and Bardsey did not disappoint. Paul Massey managed to produce the goods when he found a cracking singing male Eastern Subalpine Warbler near the School House. The bird showed briefly as it made its way into the garden before ending up in a nearby net. This became the 21st to be trapped on Bardsey; though many of these were not distinguished between eastern and western. Also trapped at Cristin was a late male Pied Flycatcher and four Spotted Flycatchers.  

Eastern Subalpine Warbler © Ed Betteridge

Eastern Subalpine Warbler © Ed Betteridge

Elsewhere a minimum of 39 Spotted Flycatchers were across the Island. Six Sanderling were on Solfach with a single Dunlin, plus another ten Dunlins went past the North End. Off the West Coast the first 'Commic' Tern of the year went past. A Male Whinchat was on the South End and three Swifts went south. The day ended with a rather unseasonal Redwing at Ty Pellaf.

Redwing © Ed Betteridge

Also seen today were three Curlews, three Turnstones, a Black-headed Gull, three Collared Doves and three Siskins

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