Friday, 7 May 2010

The good numbers of summer migrants from the previous day had mostly departed overnight, leaving just remnants of the fall scattered about the island. The only apparent arrival involved Wheatears, whose numbers had risen to 140. 27 Sedge Warblers and 11 Whitethroats remained, along with seven Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs and 16 Willow Warblers. Singles of Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher were seen, while diurnal passage involved 54 Swallows, 11 House Martins, six Sand martins, 15 Redpolls, 25 Goldfinches, two Siskins, four Jackdaws and six Rooks. A Buzzard and a Kestrel were noted, and noteworthy waders included six Ringed Plovers (including a second breeding pair), a Common Sandpiper and the Bar-tailed Godwit.

Moths have featured little on this blog so far this year, mainly because there has not been much worth mentioning. Yesterday, however, the trap in Cristin Withy produced a couple of noteworthy specimens. A Chamomile Shark, which may turn out to be a new species for the island, was the highlight. The first Herald of the year was also caught. This species appears to be becoming a slightly more regular sight on Bardsey, although it is still scarce.

Chamomile Shark (c) Richard Else

Herald (c) Richard Else

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