Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Another day that brought more sun burn than numbers of migrants on Bardsey! Although, today the south easterly wind did seem to bring a couple of highlights including one first for the year.

The main highlight of the day was our first Turtle Dove of the spring first heard 'purring' at the observatory before being seen up at the plantation with the small influx of seven Collared Doves. Turtle Doves are a bird that are becoming increasingly rare in the UK especially with a 90% decrease in the UK over the last 25 years so is a good bird to get on migration. Other notable migrants included a Common Redstart at the observatory and a Yellow Wagtail seen and heard flying over.

Solfach beach seemed to pull in some migrating waders today, seven Ringed Plovers, six Sanderlings and 36 Dunlin were all year high counts. In addition to these, ten Whimbrels, one Curlew, and 14 Turnstones were also around the Narrows.   

Collared Dove                             Lewis Hooper

The lighthouse  surrounded by Spring Squill 

Sedge Warbler                         Lewis Hooper

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