Saturday, 13 May 2017

Despite the favourable weather today, calm winds and occasional showers early on, little was noted. Migration has evidently reduced in the last few days to a much slower trickle, instead we now approach the time of year when various rare overshoots make landfall on Bardsey.

Manx Shearwaters were once again logged out to sea with 105 seen, and with the moon now waning, the number coming in overnight is increasing with hundreds calling around the island.

Inland, few waders were recorded compared to previous days, but still three Dunlins, six Whimbrels, two Curlews and two Turnstones still hung around the Narrows.

The highlight of the day was probably the Short-eared Owl, which glided between the Wetlands and Lowlands briefly in the morning. Hirundine passage has dropped significantly as well today, with only a single Sand Martin recorded, however a reasonable 154 Swallows and 14 House Martins also moved through.

Stonechat calling in the Lowlands

Other migrants inland were made up of Chats and Warblers with nine Stonechats, six Wheatears and seven Sedge Warblers probably being the breeding birds. Also logged were five Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs, five Willow Warblers, one Goldcrest and five Spotted Flycatchers.

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