Friday, 7 August 2015
It was a stunning day on the island, with barely a breath of wind and clear blue skies encouraging some of the hottest temperatures of the year (22'C). The calm conditions provided ideal conditions for the visible migration of many species, with movement overhead during the day logged at: 77 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, three Common Swifts, 15 Sand Martins, 62 Swallows, 10 House Martins and three Grey Wagtails. Willow Warblers were noticeably higher in number, with 34 individuals scattered around, along with eight Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat, six Chiffchaffs. A trio of migrant raptors included singles of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and Kestrel, whilst a good selection of waders included one Ringed Plover, two Dunlins, three Whimbrels, 18 Curlews, a Redshank and a Turnstone.
A butterfly transect took place on the mountain in the afternoon, to try and see how many Graylings are present on the islasnd at the moment. A count just shy of 80 was a good start, including a mating pai
Lion's Mane Jellyfish have been seen around the island's coast in the last few weeks
This smart little micro was discovered in the New Plantation a few days ago. This individual is Argyresthia bonnetella, which is a new species for Bardsey, and the fourth Argyresthia species to be recorded here