Things picked up a little bit today as the winds dropped to a calmer 14mph northerly. There was a sense of movement on the island with Sedge Warblers singing from every withy, and a few Spotted Flycatchers in the clearings between trees, doing what they do best.
The bird of the day and a new one for the year list was a Garden Warbler, although not the most glamorous of the warblers, it has a melodic song and can be admired for its subtle markings and colouration.
After the first Swifts a couple of days ago, there were three more today. Over here on the west coast we can never expect to compete with Swift migration on the east of the UK, so seeing just a few of these birds is always refreshing.
There was a drastic increase in the number of Grey Seals hauled up on Henllwyn. Since the start of the month, there have been roughly 30 hauled up each day, but that number rose to 110 today. It’s easy to take these animals for granted if you spend a long time on Bardsey, but hearing them sing from the beaches and having them as an almost permanent feature on the Narrows is something that would be greatly missed, otherwise.
Birds today: 15 Whimbrels, four Turnstones, two Collared Doves, three Swifts, four House Martins, one Song Thrush, 10 Sedge Warblers, two Whitethroats, one Garden Warbler, four Blackcaps, eight Willow Warblers, two Spotted Flycatchers, three Siskins, two Lesser Redpolls.