Monday, 12 June 2017

The first day in weeks that felt remotely summery, albeit with a strong wind, may also have been the first on which some autumnal Hirundine passage was noted, with 58 Swallows, 19 House Martins and two Sand Martins. Though hirundines heading south are open to interpretation on Bardsey, and these birds could also be late spring migrants making their way to Ireland, as many southbound birds earlier in the spring were assumed to be. Definitely still an arriving migrant was a Spotted Flycatcher in the Withies, while three Goldfinches were in the Wetlands.

Out to sea it was another spectacular morning for Manx Shearwaters with 3419 recorded in total. Also moving in decent numbers were 61 Gannets and 15 Fulmars. The Bar-tailed Godwit on the Narrows was present for it's fifth day, alongside three Whimbrels.

Survey work around the East Side resulted in good counts of 1238 Razorbills, 180 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 51 Puffins. We found plenty of nest platforms of both Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, but not many juveniles; which may well indicate a poor season for raising young for the Gulls.  Meanwhile, on the insect front the only notable sightings were three Speckled Woods at Nant, and two Red Admirals.
Herring Gull adult and chick; © Ben Porter

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