Sunday, 6 March 2011

The skies had cleared during the night, and with it a brisk and chilly easterly wind had picked up. Few birds were inland however the highlight of the day came in the form of a Hooded Crow that was seen on the narrows late in the morning. A small sea-watch off the south tip produced some sizeable flocks of auks passing by as well as other sea-birds with totals amounting to: six Fulmars, seven Gannets, fifteen Common Scoters, a Lesser black backed Gull, twelve Kittiwakes, 140 Guillemots and 256 Razorbills. Other birds dotted around included the usual Red throated Diver, a female Merlin and Sparrowhawk, two Skylarks and eight Ravens.

A few of the usual breeding pairs of Pied Wagtails have arrived on their patches with a pair at Nant, a pair at Ty Pellaf and another pair on the narrows.
Despite the fresh winds, the highest number of moths to be caught this year were in the trap by Nant Withie in the morning. Five Mottled Greys, an Early Grey, a Red Chestnut and best of all, a March Moth (above) were all trapped last night. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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