Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Today was a scorching day on Bardsey with temperatures up to and over 20oc, the wind was slack and there was plenty of people out and about.

The day started with a successful trip to nant to open the nets in the morning. 30 new birds were caught, predominantly juvenile wrens but some other good birds in the mix such as a Blackcap, Juvenile Whitetroats, Chaffinches and Goldcrests, a couple of Chiffchaffs and a very juvenile Willow Warbler that must have bred very locally if not on the island.

Whilst out in the field the main focus was walking the coast as autumn wader movements have clearly began. Our first Green Sandpiper of the year dropped into the new pond, the narrows were littered with Common Sandpipers with a minimum count at high tide of 14 birds. A Lapwing was a welcome visitor to the west coast and a walk down to the narrows gave counts of 14 Curlew, seven Whimbrel, seven Redshank, and one Dunlin.

Green Sandpiper

Juvenile Goldcrest, one of four caught

Juvenile Willow Warbler

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