August brought mixed weather and steady, if unspectacular, autumn migration, with several Wrynecks, good passage of Pied and Spotted Flycatchers and Willow Warblers , presaging a huge fall in early September. A good range of waders included Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Purple Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Curlew, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Greenshank, Sanderling and Wood Sandpiper and gulls included Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged and large numbers of Kittiwakes. Two Melodious Warblers were seen on 23rd – a bit of a Bardsey speciality and the first Grey Seal pup was spotted on the last day of the month. Hopefully many more will follow in September.
Perhaps the most exciting development was the installation of full solar power for the Observatory and on 14th the spruced up Hostel was finally re-opened, following relaxation of the Welsh Government’s COVID regulations.
You can find daily details on the Bardsey blog, together with more great photographs.