Saturday, 11 July 2015

It was generally a very pleasant day weather-wise, with light south-westerly winds and clear skies in the morning allowing the usual Saturday visitor changeovers to take place. Conditions after 1400, however, took a turn for the worse, with a freshening breeze accompanied with heavy rain showers.

As the wind strengthened towards the end of the day, a movement of 1208 Manx Shearwaters, 24 Gannets, two Black-headed Gulls, four Guillemots, and two Razorbills. Waders continue to feature well at high tide, and today's tallies included the following: two Whimbrels, 17 Curlews, one Redshank, two Common Sandpipers and two Turnstones. Two Swifts sped southward, along with a single Tree Pipit and two Siskins, whilst a single juvenile Black Redstart lurked amongst the multitude of juvenile Meadow Pipits in the lighthouse compound.

Another good day for the island's insect life saw a Bardsey first: a Ringlet butterfly was seen on the Narrows in the morning, which is new to the island despite being a common UK species. In other news, four Painted Ladies, over 15 Rush Veneers, 10 Silver Ys and hundreds of Garden Grass Veneers were recorded during the daytime. A Buff Arches, Ruby Tiger and Double Square-spot were trapped at Nant.

There are plenty of juvenile Pied Wagtails around

The smart Ringlet found on the Narrows

The Vestal-one from yesterday

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