Bardsey in June: seabird censusing and ringing and early autumn wader passage

It’s the main month of seabird censusing on Bardsey: June’s continued changeable weather meant that this was interrupted on several days, but good coverage was achieved by the end of the month. Manx Shearwaters appear to be doing well, but other species are having variable seasons.

The month started with the last spring rarities – an Icterine Warbler and a Marsh Warbler were singing from the same patch of scrub on 1st and Rosy Starlings duly turned up, with one on 7th and two on 10th. Apart from a Red Kite and a Crossbill on 20th, observations were largely confined to the resident species, However, by the end of the month early autumn wader passage was beginning to become evident, with increasing numbers of Curlews (sadly, these are probably failed breeders), Redshank, Turnstone, Greenshank, Whimbrel and Common Sandpipers.

On the breeding wader front Ringed Plovers are nesting successfully for the first time since 2014, hatching two chicks on 3rd July.

First Manx Shearwater chick
Guillemots on the sea
Icterine Warbler

Wheatear and fledged young
Our two Ringed Plover chicks
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