Spring is now just about over.....we think (but there is time for that July Mega to arrive), and autumn is just around the corner (well if you count post breeding dispersal of Stalings and returning waders, autumn has begun!)
Here are just a few highlights in pictures of what turned out to be a fairly good list of species for Spring. Though numbers of birds were never massive, we have had a good run of stuff.
Red Sword Grass
This shot of the Lap Bunt was chosen as a 'notable photo' in the birdguides weekly round up.Shag
Tufted Duck - 25th Island Record!
Blackcap - record numbers were seen and ringed
North-western type Redpoll
Red-rumped Swallow - 3rd for the island and the start of our run of good birds
Common Redpoll - we think
Whinchat - a stunner!
Snow Bunting - Ditto!
Greenland Wheatear - normal and leucistic
Whitethroat - after a late and slow start numbers were good.
Pied Flycatcher - another belter
Yellow Wag - Ditto
Subalpine Warbler - a very skuly bird indeed
Phyllosc sp - Chiff, willow, hybrid or Iberian!
Common Rosefinch - three were seen
'Dombrowskii's' type Wagtail
Pomarine Skua (Rich B)
Green(ish) Warbler - second of the year! (Rich B)
So, that was spring in a nutshell, a fantastic array of birds not to be sniffed at. RBA said in their review of the week that Bardsey must be site of the spring!