Monday, 12 July 2010

The highlight of a very quiet few days birding was an unprecedented flock of 11 Little Egret passing around the island at sea. Somewhat surprisingly, there have only been approximately 15 previous Bardsey records. Six Grey Heron also passed by on this epic day of Ardeidae passage.

Little Egrets and a Gannet (honest) (c) Richard Brown

Wader numbers continue to increase with up to 46 Curlew and smaller numbers of Redshank, Turnstone and Whimbrel. A few Swift, Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll are seen most days and the first returning Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff have been recorded.

A few Turnstone have been feeding in Solfach at high tide at the moment (c) Ben Porter

A Poplar hawkmoth (top) and Oblique carpet (bottom) were two of 26 species caught in the moth trap this morning (c) Ben Porter

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