Monday, 3 August 2015

It was a productive day in the field, despite the challenging weather conditions. Strong winds from the south and south-west were accompanied by warm temperatures and frequent dark cloud banks which did not in the end produce any deluges.

In terms of birdlife, the most interesting sightings of the day comprised wader counts at high tide: nine Ringed Plovers, one Sanderling, two Dunlins, six Whimbrels, 26 Curlews, five Redshanks, one Common Sandpiper and 19 Turnstones were all recorded. Movements of seabirds off the West Coast resulted in the following tallies: two Fulmars, 2518 Manx Shearwaters, 108 Gannets and 21 Common Scoters. Two Swifts battled southward during the day, and just four Willow Warblers were present in the vegetated areas.

The real interest of the day was provoked by the finding of Bardsey's eleventh CONVOLVULUS HAWKMOTH in the Heligoland Trap early morning. This very smart individual was found resting on the wire mesh inside the trap, perhaps seeking shelter from the howling gale. The last record on Bardsey was of an individual trapped on the mountain top in September 2010. In other news, a dead Harbour Porpoise washed up in Henllwyn at high tide.

Colvolvulus Hawkmoth

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