Sunday, 19 March 2017
A strong south westerly blew throughout most of today, the prevailing winds saw a Great Northern Diver, three Manx Shearwaters and a flock of seven Common Scoters pass by out to sea. However, the unfriendly conditions did make many passerine migrants duck for cover, leaving numbers slightly lower than usual. Seven Stonechats were still seen amongst the gorse and grassland areas, accompanied by a total of five Wheartears. On the north side of the island the plantation and undergrowth provided enough protection for a Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaffs and eight Goldcrests to shelter for the day. A single Snipe fed in the Wetlands today as well.
Moths today were surprisingly numerous considering the wind speed. Dark Swordgrass were still present with four trapped and other highlights included an Early Grey and an Early Thorn, the former of which was only first recorded on Bardsey in 2008. Since the first record some 20-30 are trapped annually.