Wednesday, 31 August 2016

August ended on a good note, with a good showing of avian migrants on the ground. A breezy start to the day with slight drizzle gave way to a beautiful sunny morning and afternoon, with easing wind speeds. Seawatching in the early hours rewarded with a handful of scarcities: a probable Garganey, a Pomarine Skua and a Black Guillemot being the most noteworthy, along with 18 Common Scoters and an impressive 2100 Kittiwakes!
Wader numbers stood strong, with a substantial flock making use of rich feeding on Solfach at high tide: a single Knot, three Purple Sandpipers, four Whimbrels, 33 Curlews, nine Redshanks and 61 Turnstones were recorded.
In terms of passerines, some reasonable counts during the day included four Wheatears, one Sand Martin, 57 Swallows, four House Martins, three Grey Wagtails, 11 White Wagtails and 45 Rock Pipits. In the more vegetated areas inland, the Melodious Warbler lingered on for its seventh day, 17 Robins, a Reed Warbler, two Whitethroats, a Garden Warbler, two Blackcaps, three Chiffchaffs, 13 Willow Warblers, 12 Goldcrests and two Spotted Flycatchers were recorded.

In other news, the year's third Convolvulus Hawkmoth turned up in one of the heath traps. It's proving to be a great year for the species on Bardsey - coinciding with a good arrival across the country

An impressive haul of 17 Angle Shades was a highlight from one of the heath traps too!

The portable Heligoland trap is up in Solfach now, and we've been busy colour-ringing Rock Pipits as part of our project on this species; a few welcome bonus species include stunners like this White Wagtail

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