There was some more variety in the birdlife today with a Black Redstart making a surprise appearance in the obs garden in the early afternoon. A Common Swift drifted over the farm during Stuart’s early morning breeding bird survey which was a good sign of passage and another was over the obs later in the day. We never get these evocative migrants in large numbers on Bardsey, just a gentle trickle throughout the migration season, so they are always good to see.
Rather excitingly, the first Manx Shearwater chick was found today, based on the date the first egg was found this year the due date for the first chicks was tomorrow, but seeing as they have cropped up in other colonies we thought it was worth checking some burrows. As it happened, the first burrow we checked had a chick in that looked roughly a week old.
|Manx Shearwater chick|
The morning was spent putting darvic rings on Herring Gull chicks, which is good as the darvic always yield more data than metal rings alone. Ten were fitted today and hopefully, there will be quite a few more to come in the next few days.
On the moth front a new species was added to the island’s list today a Brussels Lace (a very delicately marked Geometrid) was trapped by Rob Bithell in the garden at Hendy. Also the first Small Elephant Hawk-moth and Garden Tiger of the year were trapped.
Brussels Lace – a new species for Bardsey
A faded Small Elephant Hawk-moth
Birds today: 22 Gannets, one Grey Heron, one Ringed Plover, 21 Curlews, two Redshanks, six Collared Dove, one Cuckoo one Swift, one Black Redstart, one Song Thrush, two Whitethroats, 164 Starlings, two Siskins and five Lesser Redpolls.