Sunday, 28 June 2015

Today’s early morning drizzle and harsh winds quickly gave way into a great day of sunshine. Most of the avian action was out at sea with four adult Mediterranean Gulls south at midday, 32 Gannets passing by, whilst a continuous build-up of Manx Shearwaters throughout the week culminated in 2500 rafting off the coast. The Narrows held onto 12 Curlews and one Redshank though two Black-headed Gulls were new in Solfach. In addition, a lowly Collared Dove spent time at Cristin.

Little movement through the island today meant only 30 Gannets, 13 Curlews, and five Starlings were of note, though one of the semi-resident Black Guillemots put in an appearance at the North End.

In addition some of the first Large Whites of the year have appeared (in what has been a poor year for butterflies on Bardsey so far), an Emperor Dragonfly hawked at the North End, and a Risso’s Dolphin showed well in Bae Nant to one lucky observer.

A Great Spotted Woodpecker seen flying from Cristin into Plas Withy mid-morning was the clear highlight of the day. A count of 143 Oystercatchers was the highest for many months, no doubt breeding pairs supplemented by return migration of failed breeders from further north, as the additional singles of Ringed Plover, Curlew, and Redshank allude to. Elsewhere, two Black-headed Gulls and two Starlings were new in.

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