Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A diverse Lighthouse attraction last night kept us up into the early hours. The highlights were a Short-eared Owl taking Redwing on the wing, up to seven Snipe, some giving snippets of song and another trapped, another Storm Petrel (usurping yesterday's bird as the third latest Bardsey record), a Woodcock and a smattering of winter thrushes. We used the gantry lights through the night and managed to avoid any fatalities. The grotty weather soon cleared this morning and we had a Great Northern Diver and a first-year Sabine's Gull out to the West. The Sabine's Gull is by far the latest Bardsey record; previous to today the latest record was one on the 8th November 1996.

Several Snipe continued to linger around the Island today. The trapped bird became the 86th species to be ringed this year. Ringing recoveries suggest that Snipe arrive to the UK from Northern and Eastern continental Europe before continuing their journey South along France and Iberia as winter progresses. Sadly the majority of birds recovered from the continent have been shot. (c) Richard Brown

It's not only birds that are attracted to the Lighthouse. These two Scarce Umber were also brought in, probably from the mainland. There is no reason that this common species shouldn't be a Bardsey breeder. However, as the females are flightless, presumably this species would only be present if a female, egg or larva had been introduced. (c) Richard Brown

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