Wednesday, 1 June 2016
The 1st of June isn’t normally a date you associate with sea-watching on Bardsey, and neither is the phrase ‘spring tern passage’. This is what made this morning quite extraordinary as a massive 224 Arctic Terns, 40 Common Terns, 56 ‘Commic’ Terns, 18 Sandwich Terns, and best of all, four Little Terns headed northward offshore! The previous maximum count for Arctic Tern was 182 recorded on 4 September 2008, whilst the highest bird-day total in BBFO history is 256 recorded in 2011. Thus today’s movement was truly unprecedented for spring. The four Little Terns are the first recorded since 2010, and the highest number since way back in 1960 when ten were attracted to the Lighthouse.
Joining these dainty seabirds northwards were 18 Fulmars, 1180 Manx Shearwaters, 41 Gannets, two Black-headed Gulls, 338 Herring Gulls, 584 Kittiwakes, 411 Guillemots, 192 Razorbills, and nine Puffins. A fairly quiet day inland in the scheme of things with just one Collared Dove, five Spotted Flycatchers, and two Lesser Redpolls of note.
More and more Oystercatcher chicks are hatching out around the coast, eliciting fiercer responses from protective adult birds!
this Lead Belle is amongst the highlights from a good number of moths being attracted to heath traps being deployed around the island