Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Another quiet day bird-wise saw very few new birds appearing on the island. At high tide, the two Common Sandpipers that have been around the coast for the previous couple of days were again present by Solfach, and four Redshanks and three Ring Plovers were by Solfach on the rocks. The flock of Curlews contained 45 individuals today, and a Whimbrel was also amongst them. A Grey Heron continued to fly from coastal pools to the ponds in the wetlands, whilst inland, much was the same as recently: a few of the breeding warblers seen included five Sedge Warblers, two Chiffchaffs and four Willow Warblers, whilst five House Martins passed through with three Swifts. 910 Manx Shearwaters were seen off the South end in the morning, and three Puffins were seen around the east side.

The cloudy and calm conditions during the night were perfect for moth-trapping, and the Cristin trap alone caught around 200 moths-over 100 of which were Dark Arches! Garden Tigers are now being caught every night, and the first Rustics of the year are also being caught. Above: Udea ferrugalis or Rusty Dot Pearl. A single of this migrant moth was found in the Ty Pellaf wetlands in the morning.

Three Black-headed Gulls gathered in Solfach at high tide

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