Saturday, 19 September 2009

Although not quite reaching the level of excitement of the last couple of days, there was still plenty to see on the island including a few minor rarities. A lighthouse attraction had clearly occurred very late in the night, leaving a fall of warblers in the nearby gorse bushes. Amongst these were the first Yellow-browed Warbler of the year, a Lesser Whitethroat, a couple of Grasshopper Warblers, three Blackcaps, three Whitethroats, over 50 Chiffchaffs, three Sedge Warblers, 12 Willow Warblers and a Water Rail. An immature Marsh Harrier (the first this year) flew over the north end of the island and a short time later an Icterine Warbler (the record-equalling fourth of the year) was seen near the Chapel. The odd ‘ReedWarbler was still at Nant, a flava Wagtail was on the beach, a Lapland Bunting was still flying around and a couple of Redstarts, a Whinchat, 26 Wheatears and a further 100 Chiffchaffs were also seen. Ten Grey Wagtails, a Tree Pipit and five Skylarks flew over, three Teal were in Solfach, and raptors included two Buzzards, two Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel. Two Spotted Flycatchers and five Goldcrests were at the plantation with a couple of Siskins, two Redpolls and nine Goldfinches, while down on the beach were five Bar-tailed Godwits, a Sanderling, the Little Stint, a Knot, six Dunlins and a Ringed Plover.

Some unusual butterflies have been seen in recent days. Speckled Woods have been seen daily, a highly unusual event on Bardsey, and today a Comma was found at Nant – only the fifth ever to be recorded here.

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