It was almost inevitable that, following the record autumn totals of Lapland bunting in 2010, we were going to get a reasonable number passing back through Bardsey from their wintering grounds on the continent. There have been a few flyovers passing for the last week or so, but yesterday saw the first real arrival with a group of seven taking up residence in one of the hayfields. The field was sodden after heavy rain in the morning but the birds proved very approachable and we got great views as they fed.
It wont be long before some of the males will be looking spectacular. We're really hoping for one in full breeding finery. (c) Richard Brown