Thursday, 9 July 2009

At least one, quite possibly two Whinchats had arrived on the island early in the morning; perhaps failed breeders already on their way back south. No other new birds were seen until the evening when a Common Crossbill, the first one this year, appeared in Ty Nesaf garden.

The first Grayling butterflies of the summer were found during a walk along the mountain ridge in the sunshine, as well as the usual selection of migrant moths. The highlight from the moth trap was a Phlyctaenia coronata, an attractive pyralid not recorded on the island for some years.

Phlyctaenia coronata (c) Richard Else

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