Friday, 26 September 2014

The day started with fresh south-westerly winds, but gradually the skies cleared and the wind eased, making for a very pleasant afternoon. It was a very slow day bird-wise: noteworthy non-passerines comprised two Teals, five Purple Sandpipers, a Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern. New migrants inland were hard to come by: four Swallows, four Grey Wagtails, two Blackcaps, 31 Goldcrests and 21Chiffchaffs were recorded. The Barred Warbler remained at Cristin.

The Grey Seals are well into pupping now, with just under ten pups now present around the island's coast. Most of these are centred along the eastern and northern shore of the South End, although a few have chosen the more isolated and exposed locations of the deep gullies towards the north and south tips of the island

''NO MORE, please. Give us some space''

The moth traps have been not been out as much recently, although one Heath Trap was set out for the last few nights. The results have shown that there are excellent numbers around at the moment: 55 moths of 17 species were trapped yesterday, whilst 120 moths were taken from the trap this morning. Lunar Underwings are by far the most numerous species...
These are all Lunar Underwings, but you can see what a variety of colours and patterns they come in 
Another image illustrating quite a diversity of different forms: these three moths are all Square-spot Rustics. The one on the right is the most typical-looking form, but a very pale one (almost reminiscent of Autumnal Rustic) has appeared three times this autumn, along with a very dark Brown Rustic-type too 
The Delicate. This is only the fifth record of this species on Bardsey, the last of which was in October last year 
The first Large Wainscot of the year was trapped yesterday

1 comment:

  1. The Grey seal shots are wonderful. Great moth shots also. Have a great weekend.