The day began with Stuart opening the nets at the obs shortly after sunrise.
another glorious sunrise
He was rewarded with the first Redstart of the autumn; a very young bird which was still largely in its speckled juvenile plumage. There were also ten Swifts screeching above the Obs/Mountain early on.
As the day progressed the heat increased, and it was another very cloudless and scorching day… This was very good for sunbathers and butterflies alike. Butterfly numbers included a couple of Small Coppers and Common Blues, two Graylings and 110 Meadow Browns. There were also large numbers of six-spot Burnet moths (55) feeding on thistles, mostly on the South End and Pen Cristin. Four Porpoise were seen off the West Coast, but no dolphins today.
From the southern tip a few Puffins zipped along, with the shearwaters, and later in the day a second-summer Mediterranean Gull was seen there along with three Black-headed Gulls in the morning.
The Ringed Plovers and their two remaining chicks were seen amongst the shingle on Henllwyn, having been hiding for a few days. Other waders included a Whimbrel, five Curlew and a Common Sandpiper.
Female Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover chick
Passerine-wise, Stuart’s Redstart was the best of the bunch, though two Sand martins were the first of autumn. There is a good scattering of young Wheatears and Stonechats around the island at the moment, giving a good indication that they have had a fair breeding season. At least 19 Wheatears were seen from the boathouse to the South End. A Sedge Warbler was seen in the withies, and 2 Chiffchaffs were at Nant, and a Willow Warbler at Cristin. Robins have Also produced young again this year, but numbers of pairs are much lower than about five years ago and before. There are also a good few juvenile linnets around too, again it looks like they have had a good nesting season.
Rarity off the day remains the Tufted Duck that is on the lowland ponds.