Apologies for the lack of posts here recently, but it has been a busy week here on Bardsey! It is high season for visitors, which means that around 40 are staying on a weekly basis in the houses on the island, whilst day visitors numbers can exceed 30 on calm days too. Keeping on top of some farm jobs and catching up with friends has meant little time for posts up here! If you would like to keep a more regular news feed on my photography or the wildlife on the island, check out the following links: my Facebook page, Flickr feed, or Bardsey Sightings blog.
For now, here is a bit of an update from the island…the breeding season is nearing its end, with most of the island’s seabirds already absent from the sea cliffs, and many passerines finished with their chick-rearing duties for this year. Some pairs of Swallows are still attempting second broods, whilst many of the island’s Manx Shearwaters have big, fluffy chicks waiting in burrows for their regular fish meals, surpassing the adult birds in weight due to this provision of food (many chicks are over 450 grams now).
Migrants are trickling through the island now, as the southward migration of many passerines and waders takes place. The high tides at the moment cause a good gathering of rocky shore waders around the Narrows every day, and counts have included Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlins, Whimbrels, 44 Curlews, six Redshanks, 26 Turnstones and over 15 Common Sandpipers. Although a bit late, Willow Warblers are also moving through in small numbers now, accompanied by smaller number of Sedge Warblers, Whitethroats, Grasshopper Warblers and Chiffchaffs.
Here is a selection of images from the last week or two: