Friday, 21 May 2010

Although heavy mist still lingered early in the morning, it soon burnt off to leave the hottest day of the year so far. With the lifting of the cloudy veil, a small selection of migrant birds was revealed in the withies and gardens, including a Garden Warbler, 34 Sedge Warblers, six Whitethroats, a Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and six Spotted Flycatchers. A reasonable Wheatear passage has been one of the few positive aspects of a rather poor spring for migrant birds, but numbers seem to have been tailing off in recent days:  today’s count of 21 birds was predominantly made up of the local breeding birds. The calm and clear sky was full of hirundines for much of the day, with 250 Swallows, 55 House Martins and 20 Sand Martins lingering to feed above the island. Two Sanderlings and six Dunlins were on the beach, two Sandwich Terns and a Black-headed Gull were seen offshore, 14 Swifts flew north, and two Siskins and four Redpolls dropped in at Cristin.

The weather was more conducive to butterfly activity than it has been in previous weeks, and 37 Common Blues, six Small Coppers and 70 Green-veined Whites were counted in the fields between Cristin and Ty Pellaf.

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