We arrived back to Bardsey on Monday in stunning sunshine. We’ve spent the last couple of days settling into the LSA Hut and Island Life. Birds are a little thin on the ground but Chough and a Merlin were new to our year list and a couple of Red-throated Divers are spending the days feeding offshore. The corpses of several waders suggest the winter months were harsh on the island but spring is definitely in the air with Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Robin and Dunnock singing through the day and a brief flyby bumblebee. With the first UK sightings of Sand Martin and Wheatear last week, it’s not going to be too long before they hit Bardsey.
An adult male siskin caught today as we put up the nets at the obs. The black centred greater coverts, the broad, relatively unworn tail and the whitish tips to the tertials all suggest a bird over a year old. The black crown is indicative of a male (c) Giselle Eagle and Richard Brown
Rich checking out the Red-throated Divers and bumping into ten Turnstone heading southwards (c) Giselle Eagle