Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A much quieter day in general, though there were a few birds to keep us all entertained. The unseasonal Coal Tit lingered, and since it was singing while the Common Bird Census was being undertaken, will make at least an honorary entry into the 2017 Breeding Bird Report! Two Starlings were the only sign of passerine migration/dispersal from elsewhere, while the Grey Wagtail was seen for a third day. 30 Swifts and a single Sand Martin moved South.

Curlews are starting to build up now, with seven seen today. Probably the same Lapwing from yesterday was present again, as were two Whimbrels and three Black-headed Gulls on the Narrows.

colour ringed Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) - © Elliot Montieth
Choughs, meanwhile, seem to be having an excellent breeding season. The bird in the image below is the female of the West Coast pair, who have fledged three young (image below shows adults with 2 fledged youngsters), in the past few days. Even more impressive when she swapped males this year, with a new colour-ringed bird taking her previous mate's place! They join four pairs that have already fledged a total of 12 young in the last two weeks, giving us excellent productivity so far this year. We're still waiting on two pairs to hopefully fledge, but this has already been a very good season so far for one of Bardsey's most iconic birds.

Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) - © Elliot Montieth
Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) - © Elliot Montieth
A Double-line, a nationally scarce moth that's been recorded only a handful of times on Bardsey, was the highlight of today's trapping. Four Thrift Clearwings were on the wing on the South End, with an Emperor Dragonfly in the Lowlands and the first Grayling of the year on the East Side. 

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