Thursday, January 20, 2011

We are planning to return to Bardsey at the end of February after a holiday in Costa Rica. But before then we thought we'd highlight some of the things we're looking forward to this coming season.

We're both qualified bird ringers and Bardsey is a perfect place for encountering a wide range of species.

There are few places in the country where Jack Snipe (top), Subalpine Warbler (middle) and Icterine Warbler (bottom) are all likely to be caught in a single season. In the past three years five Jack Snipe, three Subalps and three Ickies have been trapped and ringed (c) Richard Brown

We are also really interested in moths and will blog the highlights of the previous night's catch.

Small Elephant Hawkmoth (top) and Peach Blossom (bottom). Two of the 150 or so macro-moth species likely to be recorded (c) Richard Brown

Over 180 bird species are likely to be recorded next year. Rich will be spending a lot of time trying to take their photos.

Migrant Dunlin refueling on Solfach (c) Richard Brown
Bardsey is one of the best places to see Grasshopper warblers. After a lighthouse attraction there can be more than 200 skulking on the island with many singing in the spring (c) Richard Brown
Enigmatic migrants such as Whinchats can be encountered in good numbers (c) Richard Brown
Bardsey is probably the best place in Wales to encounter Turtle Doves (c) Richard Brown

Giselle will be on the island for a full season and will be making the most of Bardsey's amazing scenery.

Massive skies and Bardsey Lighthouse, beneath which we will be spending the year (c) Richard Brown

We will also be keeping an eye out for lots of other wildlife, island residents and migrants alike.

Red-veined Darter behind the LSA hut. A rare migrant to Bardsey (c) Richard Brown
The cave spider Meta menardi is common in the island's caves. Here the female protects her golf ball-sized egg sack (c) Richard Brown
Risso's Dolphin are regular in the waters around Bardsey. Photos of the unique scar patterns on the dorsal fins are catalogued and used to understand how big the population is. This is a mother and calf (c) Richard Brown

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