Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Continuing a wearisome pattern of recent weeks, the best bird of the day had been and gone by 7am: a Pomarine Skua, a surprisingly infrequent spring bird off Bardsey, was watched flying north past the west coast. On land, spring warbler migration continued to languish in its protracted period of stagnant inaction, with no new arrivals despite seemingly more promising weather conditions, and the Wheatear count dropped to 60 birds. A Tree Pipit was the most noteworthy landbird, although 16 Redpolls – comprising the usual assortment of small, brown, standard Lesser Redpolls and puzzling, frosty-grey aberrations – spent the day on the island. A reasonable selection of waders was present including the lingering Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Whimbrels, two Curlews, 12 Turnstones, a Purple Sandpiper, 11 Dunlins and a Snipe.

Common Swift (c) Steven Stansfield

Spotted Flycatcher (c) Steven Stansfield
Dunlin and Ringed Plover (c) Steven Stansfield
The most unusual sighting of the day was an Orange-tip butterfly that visited Nant and Cristin in the afternoon: there are only a handful of records of this species on the island.

An Orange-tip was seen visiting the gardens of the Island today  (c) Ben Porter

1 comment:

  1. It will all happen on Saturday....