Sunday, 3 August 2014

Two rather disappointing days saw a rather meagre selection of migrants on show around the island. Torrential downpours on the morning of the 2nd did nothing to mirror the arrival of over 1000 Willow Warblers which we experienced on the 2nd of August 2011. Needless to say, a single Grasshopper Warbler was seen in Cristin Withy on the 2nd, and 16 Willow Warblers on that date had decreased by over half on a much breezier day on the 3rd. A total of 14 Sandwich Terns were seen around The Narrows on the 2nd, where waders comprised six Turnstones, two Common Sandpipers, two Redshanks, nine Whimbrels, 22 Curlews, seven Dunlins and five Ringed Plovers.

The rather late second broods of some Swallow pairs have been fledging in the last week or so, with over 55 Swallow pulli having being ringed this year. This particular youngster was one of three that fledged from one of the outbuildings at Ty Pellaf in the last few days 
The juvenile Peregrines continue to dart around the island, terrorising anything from the Linnet flock to young Oystercatchers and Choughs. 
Eudemis profundana- this is another new lepidoptera species for Bardsey, which was attracted to a light trap at Nant on the 2nd. This species' larva feed on Oak, and is a relatively widespread species in Wales and England 
The striking crystalis of a Red Admiral

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