Tuesday, 7 July 2015

It was a slightly drier day, with broken cloud allowing a brighter day of sunshine and showers. The rain storm from the 6th lasted into the early hours, delivering a total of 25.6mm. The wind remained strong from the south-west, with temperatures reaching 17'C.

As is usual at this time of year, the only obvious migrant birds on the island were that of returning waders. A high tide at midday saw a good conglomeration of waders around The Narrows, including the autumn's first Sanderling, along with 105 Oystercatchers, three Whimbrels, 32 Curlews, two Redshanks and three Common Sandpipers. Some passerine counts inland included two Sedge Warblers, a Blackcap and two Chiffchaffs.

Insect news was highlighted by a good number of the bumblebee mimic hoverfly Volucella plumata. At least 15 individuals were noted around Nant, which is interesting considering few have been seen on the island before. A Common White Wave found in the New Plantation was the second of the year, and only the third record of this species for Bardsey. In addition, a Flame and Sandy Carpet were seen here too.

An interesting sighting concerned that of a colour-ringed Whimbrel on The Narrows. This individual was ringed on Bardsey back in late April 2013. This bird was also seen in late April this year on the island, and then again today. A great re-sighting record from our colour-ringing project on this species

Volucella plumata

Buff Tip

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