Friday, 11 September 2009

Similar to the preceding day in terms of both weather and birds, a lot of the small species had remained on the island overnight. The Wryneck was still present, spending the day in the wetlands near the withies, and a Pied Flycatcher, a Goldcrest, five Whitethroats, seven Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and 11 Wheatears were logged. A little visible migration was underway in the morning, consisting of 25 Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit amongst the Meadow Pipits, 200 Swallows, 12 House Martins and four Sand Martins. A Lapwing was on the Narrows, the Bar-tailed Godwit was still around, and four Golden Plovers, two Knots, three Snipe, a Dunlin and a Ringed Plover were also seen. 24 Black-headed Gulls flew south at sea, along with a Sandwich Tern, two Arctic Terns and four unidentified ‘Comic Terns’. The Merlin, a Buzzard, two Kestrels and a Sparrowhawk all remained on the island.

The millpond-like sea was ideal for looking for cetaceans, and the efforts were rewarded with 15 Risso’s Dolphins surfacing and breaching close to the South End and 18 Harbour Porpoises.

A Migrant Hawker dragonfly was seen in the lowlands and an Oak Nycteoline, the first ever on Bardsey, was in the moth trap.

Oak Nycteoline (c) Richard Else

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