Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Autumn is off to a flyer on Bardsey

A spectacular fall of migrants occurred in the drizzly conditions during the night, and small numbers also continued to arrive in the day. A total of 1000 Wilow Warblers (the highest count for at least two years) were scattered all over the island, with other warblers seen including: ten Grasshopper Warblers, 68 Sedge Warblers, four Whitethroats and four Chiffchaffs. The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was in the gorse on the south end, and three Spotted Flycatchers were also seen. FourSwifts passed through with four Sand Martins, and a Collared Dove was in the Ty Nesaf pines. Two Common Sandpipers were along the coast, a Whimbrel was seen at the north end, and the usual gathering of waders at high tide amounted to: 31 Turnstoes, a Dunlin and 23 Redshanks. TwoSandwich Terns were seen at sea, and 13 Common Scoters also passed by. A Buzzard drifted over the mountain in the late afternoon, and a Little Owl was seen by Carreg Bach. 

 Willow Warblers were all over the island today
 Grasshopper Warbler (upper) and Sedge Warbler (lower)
Buzzard and Raven

A Knot Grass (upper) in the Ty Pellaf Withy trap was first for the year, whereas a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (lower) was the first record for the island.

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