Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Generally a quieter day in terms of numbers of birds but the day still had its highlights. A Red Kite soaring over the mountain and low over the Observatory was a great addition to the year of a fairly scarce bird for Bardsey. Prior to this sighting there had only been 21 previous records, far fewer records than Marsh Harrier of which 41 have been logged. A couple of Sparrowhawks lingered as did a Common Buzzard, four Kestrels and one Peregrin Falcon.

Red Kite

A clear out of Willow Warblers left numbers as low as five, three appearing in the Observatory garden, one in the Plantation which previously held good numbers and another in one of the gardens. Spotted Flycatchers featured as a small increase in numbers totalled four and the first Song Thrush of the year was seen. A Blackcap, two Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests and two Chaffinches were close by. Wheatears flitted from the banks and stone walls further south with 19 noted as 49 Meadow Pipits, nine Rock Pipits, one Grey Wagtail over the North West Fields, 12 Pied Wagtails, six Stonechats, 211 Linnets and a Little Owl and Collard Dove bolstered the numbers.

A variety of waders featured again today along the coastlines. The usual Oystercatchers numbered 52 today scatted about. Around the Narrows five Ringed Plovers, 20 Dunlins, a Green SandpiperCommon Sandpiper and 30 Turnstones were present. Whilst two Whimbrels, 36 Curlews and a Greenshank were also recorded. 

Small numbers of Cormorants, 12, were again noted today. Some moved passed the island whilst others were seen out on the sea or on rocks around the island. Grey Heron numbers had increased again from five yesterday to seven today, spending most of their time around the Narrows. Further out 14 Fulmars, 500 Manx Shearwaters, 29 Gannets and two Common Scoters passed. Harbour Porpoise, of which 15 were seen and eight Risso's Dolphins lingered off the west coast.

A Migrant Hawker, possibly one of the two seen yesterday was present in the same garden today resting on the Fuchsia in the warm morning sun. Again a good spread of Lepidoptera was present on the island with ten species seen. Large Whites logged were six whilst 61 Green-veined Whites, four Small Coppers, three Common Blues, four Red Admirals, one Painted Lady, three Small Tortoiseshells, 15 Peacocks, one Greyling and 20 Meadow Browns were also seen.

This Garden Pebble (Evergestis forficalis) was the highlight from the moth traps, being the first record of this immigrant micro moth on the island since 1999

Marbled Beauty was also trapped


Migrant Hawker in one of the gardens at Nant

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