Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The mist had again covered the island during the early hours, and grounded a few birds in doing so. A few more birds were scattered around, with the rounds of the south end alone yielding: a Gannet, two Ringed Plovers, two Golden Plovers, a Lapwing, a Dunlin, a Snipe, a Woodpigeon, two Skylarks, two Wheatears, two Blackbirds, a Song Thrush, a Redwing, a Fieldfare, ten Chiffchaffs and sixty eight Starlings. Another two Wheatears were seen on the west side later on, with a Collard Dove also on one of the banks nearby. Only two Lapland Buntings were in the hay fields, whilst a Skylark was at the north end of the island and 114 Meadow Pipits were scattered around the lowlands. Sixteen Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap were in the island's gardens and withies.

 Chiffchaffs arrived in good numbers today.
The moth trap was moved to Nant Withy for the night, and pulled out a nice selection of moths; most notably, a Grey Shoulder-knot (second record for the island. Upper) and Tawny Pinion (first record for the island. Lower). Seven Common Quakers, two Red Chestnuts and four Hebrew Characters were also caught. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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