Monday, 28 July 2014

After some heavy rain showers overnight, it turned into a very pleasant and bright day, albeit with a nagging north-westerly wind. There was a good selection of notable species on show in the morning, which included a juvenile Mediterranean Gull over The Narrows, a flock of four Little Egrets over the West Side, and a Green Sandpiper in the Carreg Wetlands. There were far fewer migrants around in terms of warblers, but a large agglomeration of waders on the rocks near Solfach at high tide amounted to one Ringed Plover, six Dunlins, six Purple Sandpipers, three Whimbrels, 34 Curlews, five Redshanks and 22 Turnstones. Four Sandwich Terns and flew past out to sea.
This very smart Rosy Footman was trapped near Plas Withy yesterday, which is the first record for Bardsey. This species is local to the south of the UK, although does occur in west Wales. The larvae feed on lichens on the bark of trees. This is the  16th new macro moth species for Bardsey this year
Agonopterix ocellana- another new species for Bardsey 
Chrysopa pallens- this is a common species of Lacewing on Bardsey
Sandwich Tern and juvenile Oystercatcher
Purple Sandpiper
An appalling image, that nonetheless gives a useful comparison between a Curlew (right) and a Whimbrel (left)...(and a Redshank)

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