Sunday, 28 July 2013

Despite the forecast strong winds and rain, it was a pleasantly calm and sunny day, with a trickle of migrants through the island. A Greenshank was heard around the Narrows in the morning, where two each of Sanderling, Whimbrel and Sandwich Tern were also recorded. Three Mediterranean Gulls flew past at sea, along with a single Common Gull.
Inland, a young Cuckoo was observed above Ty Capel, whilst a scattering of young Willow Warblers comprised of 10 individuals.

 A good number of Sedge Warblers have fledged this year, reared by at least five pairs throughout the island. Some of the adults are beginning to look a little tatty
 Similarly, up to 100 Meadow Pipits recorded in some days have comprised mostly of young birds.
 This Herring Gull set about the prickly task of disembowelling a Shore Crab
 Meadow Brown
This rather smart Large Emerald was the highlight of today's mothing activities, being an addition to the Bardsey Lepidoptera list

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