Saturday, 28 November 2009

And so endeth another year on the island for the staff of BBFO! Steve, Emma and Connor along with Rich E and Rich B left the island today leaving Ben at Ty Pellaf and Jim at the Obs to continue the birding over the winter. Jim will be posting regular updates on his blog (see link on right) and Ben will send a few images and highlights for me to put on this blog as and when he has any birds of note.

BBFO team of 2009 leaving the island today
Connor, Emma, Steve, Rich E and Rich B
(c) Jim Lennon

So was 2009 a memorable year? Here are a few of the pictures of some the 2009 highlights in chronological order.

Hoopoe (c) Steve Stansfield

Hoopoe and Iceland Gull on 18th March

Jack Snipe 22nd March

House Sparrow 12 April

Grasshopper Warblers 16 April

Subalpine Warbler 18 April

Lesser Whitethroat and Whimbrel 24 April

Siskins 25 April

Whinchat 28 April

Hooded Crow 7 May

Black-tailed Godwit 9 May

Common Redpoll 10 May

Red Kite 10 May

Wood Warbler 14 May

Icterine Warbler 20 May

Quail 23 May

Common Redpoll 24 May

Golden Oriole 4 June

Cuckoo 6 June

Icterine Warbler 7 June

Another Oriole 8 June

Another Icterine Warbler! 10 June

Hawfinch 10 June

Razorbill 12 June

Guillemot chick 22 June

Puffin 24 June

Storm Petrel 25 June

Thrift Clearwing 28 June

Treecreeper 29 June

Red-breasted Merganser 3 July

Little Egret 28 July

Manxy Chick and Pied Flycatcher 10 August

Storm Petrel Chick 11 August

Melodious Warbler 20 August

Arctic Skuas 28 August

Wryneck 10 September

Little Stint 16 September

Paddyfield Warbler 17 September

Glossy Ibis 18 September

Hummingbird Hawkmoth 26 September

Grey Wagtail 27 September

Yellow-browed Warbler 27 September

Tree Pipit 7 October

Subalpine Warbler 10 October

Merlin 12 October

Risso's Dolphins 13 October

Another Yellow Browed 14 October

Brambling 15 October

Med Gull and Grey Phalarope 20 October

Lapland Bunting 26 October

Black Kite 26 October

Woodcock 27 October

Black Redstarts 28 October

Redwing and Risso's Dolphins 29 October

Richard's Pipit 30 October

Black Redstart 31 October

Merlin 6 November

Whooper Swan 8 November

Brambling 9 November

Wryneck 9 November

Woodlark 9 November

Snow Bunting 17 November

Little Gull & Kittiwakes 22 November

Arctic Tern 25 November

So with all that little lot to whet your appetite you should now have some idea when you would like to come to the island in 2010, and remember, these were just a few of the birds and beasties we managed to photograph - there were many more!


All images are copyright to the contributing photographer on the original Bardsey Wildlife blog pages


  1. Fantastic! Great photos

  2. Well done on such a wonderfully produced and informative blog.some stunning shots; what a fabulous year you have had. Enough to make anyone envious!! Keep up the good work and hope that the 2009 team will be back together next year.

  3. I agree with anon, this is an excellent round up to what looks like a fantastic year on Enlli, the team have done an brilliant job - keep it up.


  4. Thanks for the wonderful comments. You will be pleased to know that Both Ricard B and Richard E have agreed to stay on in their respective posts for the coming year.


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