Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The majority of the fifteen Blackcap to the north of the island showed a yellow dusting to the feathers around the base of the bill (c) Richard Brown

The females also showed this feature but, owing to their brown crowns, it was more subtle (c) Richard Brown

The reason is the large stands of Damson Prunus domestica planted at Cristin and Nant Withy. The Blackcaps seem to be systematically visiting the flowers. A close inspection has failed to reveal any insect life at the base of the flowers and it is thus believed that they are taking the nectar. They do not seem to be damaging the flowers and it must be concluded that we will be eating Blackcap-pollinated Damson Jam later in the year (c) Richard Brown

White Wagtails continue to frequent Solfach (c) Richard Brown

A brief search below the washed up weed reveals a writhing mass of Kelp Fly maggots. These are responsible for the number and variety of birds on Solfach at the moment (c) Richard Brown

The Dunlin photos of the day! Ten were still present (c) Richard Brown

Four Ringed Plover were around the Narrows today (c) Richard Brown

Hooded Crows are rare in Wales. There were four recorded on the island today (c) Richard Brown

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