Thursday, 9 July 2015

It was a stunning day on the island: calm winds barely exceeding 10mph were accompanied by clear blue skies and warm temperatures.

It was a more eventful day in terms of visiting birdlife, with an island mega appearing briefly in the morning in the form of a KINGFISHER. One was seen flying across the bay in Traeth Ffynnon at about 0700, but there was no sign thereafter. In other news, a single Grey Wagtail flew south over the South End, an icelandic Black-tailed Godwit flew North over the lowlands, and another reasonable selection of waders at high tide comprised singles of Dunlin and Redshank, four Curlews and two Common Sandpipers.

It was a good day for invertebrates, especially lepidoptera. A few migrant moths were recorded during the day, including the year's second Small Mottled Willow in the withies moth trap, and four Silver Ys in the lowlands. A Sharp-angled Peacock trapped at Nant is the first record of this delicate geometrid for Bardsey, whilst a good variety of other day-flying moths included five Common White Waves, Galium Carpet, Yellow Shells, Plum Tortrixes and Pammene aurana.

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