Bardsey in July: successful seabirds and magical moths

Apart from breeding birds it was, as expected, a relatively quiet month ornithologically and the island was exposed to the extremes of 2021 weather, from a week of searing dry heat to the gales and rain of Storm Evert. On Wednesday 14th – one of the days of early fog clearing to hot sunshine – a Big Day count generated 62 bird species in twenty-four hours, which is about par for the course in July.