Small numbers moved off the coasts today aside from Manx Shearwaters which again were present in high numbers amounting to 1658, whilst 41 Gannets, two Common Scoter, tour Sandwich Terns and 80 Kittiwakes were seen. There are slowly decreasing numbers of auks as the resident birds leave the island and head out into the open ocean with their young for the winter. A total of five Risso's Dolphins were spotted throughout the day breaking the surface water with their distinctive sickle shaped dorsal fins, a lot more sightings of this fantastic cetacean can be expected over the next month or so as we enter a prime time for spotting them off the coasts of Bardsey.
Numbers of waders around the island have also dropped for the time being but good some sightings none the less. A Lapwing was present around the south end, 42 Turnstones, three Redshanks, 38 Curlews and singles of Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper were noted.
A first winter Mediterranean Gull dabbled off shore at one of the harbours in search of food whilst the ever present pair of adult and juvenile Grey Herons stalked the shallows and rock pools.
|Fantastic numbers of moths being attracted to the traps in recent weeks, a nice selection of Garden Tigers, Scalloped Oaks, True Lovers Knots, Crescent Darts, Large Yellow Underwings and Dark Arches above.|
|A few juvenile Blackcaps around at the moment|
|Juvenile Willow Warbler with its striking yellow underside|
|One of the 29 Willow Warblers caught in the morning|
|Juvenile Stonechats are present on the island at the moment in good numbers|
|This smart individual was caught in the observatory garden|