Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Summer Solstice on Bardsey

The heart of Bardsey is beating; the Summer is in full swing and the longest day of the year has arrived!

The Solstice welcomed a bright moon, clear skies and impressive sunsets. Although we have enjoyed gazing into the clear skies and picking out Jupiters 'Galileo' moons, it has been too bright to ring the Manx Shearwaters. Luckily enough the mist rolled in early last night and the team managed to ring 27 new birds along with a number of Retraps.

In other birding news, a healthy array of Juvenilles have been spotted as well as other species including 2 Common Sandpiper passing through, 13 Gannet off shore, 3 Lapwing flying overhead and 3 recently hatched Blackcap chicks. Also sighted were 2 Sedge Warblers with 2 juveniles in tow.

The first of the Meadow Browns have arrived approximately 2 weeks earlier than previous years.

Common Blue in the Nant Valley

Painted Lady by Solfach 

A handsome Garden Tiger caught in the Moth trap this morning

Moss the neighbourhood pup on top of the Mountain.

written by George Beadle

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