Monday, 19 September 2016

The sun rose on a new day on Bardsey, and revealed the beautiful dew-spangled island. The light northerly winds held an air of freshness to them, and in the morning most eyes were trained on the sea. Small numbers of auks were recorded, consisting of 33 Razorbills and a single Guillemot, whilst five Golden Plovers and 13 Wigeons were seen along the west coast.

Again the waders on Solfach, were the highlight of the day for the photographers on the island with plenty of obliging species to choose from and in good number. Three Grey Herons, six Ringed Plovers, three Knots, 12 Purple Sandpipers, 20 Dunlins, two Bar-tailed Godwits, nine Redshanks and a high count of 98 Turnstones were all seen around Solfach or Henllwyn. The Narrows were also playing host to a small selection of Pipits and Wagtails, a total of 71 Rock Pipits and 22 White Wagtails were seen feeding amongst the usual Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails.

A confiding Bar-tailed Godwit to say the least

There was also plenty to see on the passerine side of things as well. The pick of the bunch being a Wryneck in Nant Valley, presumably a remaining individual from the many which have been seen passing through Bardsey this autumn. Also of note was a single Lapland Bunting flushed from amongst the grazing sheep. Additionally, a Whinchat, 11 Stonechats, one Whitethroat, two Garden Warblers, three Blackcaps, eight Chiffchaffs and 26 Goldcrests were recorded across the island today, whilst 50 Swallows and two House Martins were seen flying through on their epic migration back to south Africa for the winter.

Moths continue to amaze visitors after we caught another Convolvulus Hawkmoth in the trap. In 2013 the number of records on the island stood at 10, and in this year alone we have caught an astounding 9 individuals, with an incredible 3 in one day early last week.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth

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