Sunday, 21 May 2017

It's still almost eerily quiet here on Bardsey, good birds have been incredibly few and far between of late! It's finally reached the stage where the writer attempted to identify a few grasses in the garden this afternoon, such is the total inaction on the migration front!

Out to sea there were still a fair few Manx Shearwaters logged early doors, 541 seen today. 40 Gannets was the only other particularly high count of birds moving offshore, while 22 Puffins were off the East Side. A rather paltry sum of waders was just six Whimbrel, one Curlew and one Turnstone.

The streams of Hirundines pouring through earlier in May now seems but a distant memory, todays count of Swallows was just 71, with 17 House Martins also seen, and two Sand Martins the first noted for several days.

The most notable arrival of "migrants" almost certainly hadn't come from very far afield, with 33 Feral Pigeons counted today! All seen were bearing rings, that plus their tendency to stay as close to human habitation as possible certainly offers a few hints as to their origins! A single Collared Dove was again at Nant. On the Warbler front, 3 Whitethroats included a bird nest-building in the Wetlands, there were seven Chiffchaffs and a single Blackcap, plus two Spotted Flycatchers. The overall impression being out in the field now is that virtually every bird you see is breeding on Bardsey, which couldn't really be more different than a month ago, when virtually every bird you saw seemed to be on passage!

The first odonata of any description this year was a Blue-tailed Damselfly today on Pwll Cain. The Cranefly Tipula luna was observed in the Obs Garden, but even insects were otherwise reduced to the same few regular species.

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