Sunday, March 27, 2011

We've had an exciting few days on the island with several avian highlights.

The 78th Black Redstart to be ringed on Bardsey was caught at Cristin. There are at least two other birds on the island at the moment. (c) Richard Brown

A few Redwing are still frequenting the hillside. In the hand this first-year individual was very distinctive with particularly dark underparts and heavy streaking. The wing was 124mm and, as can be seen from this photo, a good few extra mm were missing from the well abraded tips. These features all point to the subspecies coburni from Iceland and the Faeroes. (c) Richard Brown

Other winter thrushes returning north to breed included a flock of eight Fieldfare. (c) Richard Brown

The first two Willow Warblers of the year were trapped at Nant, the second of which was already wearing a British ring. We'll have to wait and see where this bird was first trapped. (c) Giselle Eagle

Up to 50 Chiffchaff are now passing through each day. The warm days are perfect for large numbers of invertebrates and the birds are making the most of their abundance. (c) Richard Brown

The male Hawfinch continues to feed at the Observatory, making the most of last year's Damson seeds. (c) Richard Brown

This morning we found the first Ring Ouzel of the year at Ty Capel. We were distracted from the Ring Ouzel however when a large female Sparrowhawk chased Polly (see below) into the plantation. A few pained squawks later and we watched as the Sparrowhawk flew with Polly's lifeless corpse onto the mountain to feast. 


  1. You won't be able to count that bloody parrot then in this years bird race!