Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another gloriously sunny day on Bardsey, and with little wind we mist netted at the Obs and then Nant. At the Obs a number of Lesser Redpoll were caught, along with phylloscs and a stunning male Redstart. There were up to five Ring Ouzels on the hillside just above and Grasshopper Warblers continue to fill the island with their far-carrying song.

This first year male Redstart was one of three at the Obs. (c) Richard Brown

At Nant the catch was predominantly phylloscs.The first White Wagtail and Whitethroat to be ringed this year added some variety. The earliest Whitethroat recorded on Bardsey up until this year was on 9th April (1961 and 2002). The record fell this year by a single day. (c) Richard Brown

Hirundines continue to pile through the island. This morning we were watching Swallows and Sand Martins around the narrows, some of which were enjoying a quick pitstop on the boat trailer. (c) Richard Brown

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