Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Wednesday 2nd July

After almost a week of blinding sun and scorching heat the wind has picked up and the temperature dropped. Sightings from the past week include a Green Sandpiper (2/7), 3 Mediterranean Gulls (1/7), 43 Common Scoter passing at sea (1/7), and 2 Cuckoo (1/7). Top of the pile goes to the 1st year male Common Rosefinch that sung in the observatory garden for 15 minutes on the 29th June. Cetaceans have been more frequent this week with up to 4 Risso's Dolphins seen along the west coast.

Chiffchaffs are more obvious around the island recently, perhaps due to increased feeding trips for young.

This juvenile cuckoo was found late yesterday evening in the plantation. This represents the first proven breeding on Bardsey for 6 years.

A sure sign of autumn here is the annual movement of Lapwing. Though this species used to breed in regular numbers it is now restricted to small parties on passage.

Wheatears have had an excellent year on Bardsey. Juveniles seem to be all over the island and many more should be appearing from second broods shortly.

The hot weather of the last 2 weeks have brought the Lepidoptera out in force. Double figures of Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell predominate with smaller numbers of Green-veined White most days. The first Graylings of the season were seen on the East Side on the 1st.

The nightly moth trap at Cristin continues its great year with 2 new firsts for the island overnight on the 1st-2nd.The Bordered Sallow (above) and Buff Arches (below) were caught amongst a throng of 200+ moths of 17 species. The moth trap is run each night (weather permitting) and shown to the guests each morning, making it a great way for the younger generation to gain hands on wildlife experience.

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