Sunday, 28 May 2017

Late May isn't quite delivering the mouth-watering array of rarities some areas are getting at the moment, but at least there are a few migrants trickling through to keep hopes high. A very small smattering of birds on the ground today included six Collared Doves, three Spotted Flycatchers, three Chiffchaffs, two Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler and a Garden Warbler. Overhead a small movement of hirundines amounted to 41 Swallows and 18 House Martins south, with a single Swift passing over the mountain. Two Flava Wagtails also went North, with two Siskins southward bound.

A decent selection of birds graced the Narrows today, ten Turnstones, five Whimbrels, three Sanderlings, and singles of Ringed Plover and Curlew, alongside four Black-headed Gulls in Solfach and the long-staying 1st-summer Grey Heron. On the sea 1162 Manx Shearwaters and 77 Gannets were the best of a modest passage, although nine Shelducks north distantly along the West Coast early in the morning were unusual! Four Harbour Porpoise were also feeding offshore.

There was been a marked influx of Painted Ladies today, with a back-up cast of migrant Lepidoptera featuring 14 Red Admirals and five Silver Y's. However, most notable by far was a stunning EYED HAWKMOTH, the first ever record for Bardsey! It was in ex assistant warden Mark's moth trap at Ty Nesaf. Given "first" moths tend to be tiny little micros or hard to identify noctuids, getting a beast like this was very impressive!

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