Friday, 8 April 2011

Some low fog had blown in during the night, and carpeted the island throughout the day. Very little in was around in comparison to yesterday, with the main highlights coming in the form of a male Redstart at Ty Pellaf withy and the first Common Whitethroat of the year by Ty Pellaf. Seventeen Blackcaps, six Chiffchaffs, and seventeen Willow Warblers were in the islands gardens and vegetated areas whilst hirundine-counts came to: three Swallows and sixteen Sand Martins. Six Ring Plovers were around the narrows and four Wheatears were also there.

 A few pairs of Stonechats have arrived in recent days, with two pairs by the limekiln, another in the wetlands and one by the plantation.
The first moth-trapping session since the end of March took place today. The rewards came in the form of a lovely Herald (top) and the thirteenth Pearly Underwing (bottom) for the island. Pictures (c) Ben Porter.

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