Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Slightly brighter conditions with brisk southwesterly winds produced a substantial seabird movement during the morning. More than 1000 auks, mostly Razorbills, headed south, and a lot of gull activity in front of the north hide involved some 700 Kittiwakes and 300 Black-headed Gulls. There wasn’t a great variety of other species, but the highlights were three Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Northern Diver, a Great Skua, three Fulmars, two Manx Shearwaters, two Little Gulls and a Mediterranean Gull. A Woodcock was flushed on the mountain, a Bullfinch, a Reed Bunting, five Blue Tits and eight Great Tits were still present, and a Blackcap and seven Chiffchaffs were seen. 

Minotaur Beetles were abundant when Rabbits were present on Bardsey, but following the disappearance of Rabbits in 1996 the Minotaur population underwent a massive decline. The last confirmed record was in 1999 until a female was recorded this year. This individual on the north end is thus the second record since 1999. The impressive horns on the front of the carapace are used by these dung beetles when fighting for females. (c) Richard Brown
Strong winds meant that most passerines were keeping a low profile today. These Siskins were keeping out of the wind, making the most of the seeds exposed with the planting of the autumn leeks. (c) Richard Brown

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