Friday, 16 August 2019

Today was a bit of a wash out. The rain started around 5am and continued, on and off, until 4pm when it seemed to brighten up a little.

Some brave people went out and the weather resulting in some counts of waders, gulls and terns but very few numbers of the small birds. Terns were seen both heading down the west coast and resting in solfach in small numbers with a single Little Tern, two Arctic Terns and eight Sandwich Terns also with a Great Skua heading north along the coast too. Wader counts included an impressive 53 Turnstone, four Ringed Plover and Dunlins, our first juvenile Sanderling of the year, and two Grey Herons

We do have some interesting news back today on a colour ringed Kittiwake spotted in some photos of the flock that built up at the south end earlier this month. The colour ringed bird had 6 rings on and was found to be a bird born in Britany, France, in 2011. It has yet to breed successfully but has attempted and has been seen at its natal colony every yer since it was born. it was last seen at its natal colony on the 4th of August, and it was photographed on Bardsey on the 12th of August.

The Kittiwake photographed on Bardsey
The same Kittiwake photographed in Britany, France, in 2018

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