Saturday, 23 May 2009

A Common Quail was seen briefly near Ty Pellaf in the morning, and fortunately relocated in the afternoon. It proved exceptionally difficult to flush, crouching motionless in seemingly sparse cover right until it was almost trodden on – a behaviour that was exploited to, eventually, trap it for ringing, the fifth to be ringed on the island. 17 Spotted Flycatchers were counted on the island, along with a handful of other interesting migrants that included a Tree Pipit, a Golden Plover, a Common Whitethroat, two Eurasian Siskins, two Sanderlings and a female Common Cuckoo that spent the day surreptitiously loitering around locally-nesting Meadow Pipits. A small influx of migrant Lepidoptera included 17 Painted Ladies and five Rush Veneers. An impressive Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata found at Cristin was much admired by all present. 

Quail- Ty Pellaf 
23 May 2009 (c) Steve Stansfield

Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata
23 May 2009 (c) Richard Else

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