Friday, 7 August 2009

Two Little Egrets in Henllwyn early in the morning continued the recent good run for this species on the island, although they quickly moved on once the visitor boats began arriving. The Common Buzzard remained from the previous day and a Common Kestrel arrived to join it in the sky above the mountain. Hirundines were moving through in small numbers, on one occasion gathering to feed in a flock that included two Sand Martins and six House Martins as well as at least 40 Barn Swallows. The only other bird worth mentioning was a Redpoll that spent the day flying around the island.

Notable moths for the island seem to have been a daily occurrence recently, and today’s offering was a trio of
Chevrons caught on top of the hill – the first record of this species on Bardsey since 1966. Also on the hill top were a good number of Grayling butterflies enjoying the sunny and almost windless conditions.

Graylings (c) Richard Else

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