Thursday, 13 October 2011

The morning broke to overcast skies and hardly a breath of wind, and had obviously grounded a few migrants. The best bird of the day came in the form of a juvenile Barred Warbler that was trapped and ringed at Nant. The bird then remained in Ty Capel for the rest of the day, happily feeding on the blackberries and elderberries. Three Wrynecks were seen in different locations all over the island, whilst the first Whooper Swan of the year flew down the centre of the island in the afternoon. The first Redwings of the autumn arrived rather belatedly today, with three seen at Nant; two Song Thrushes were also seen, with other noteworthy birds present included two Water Rails, a Whinchat and four Reed Buntings. A Pomarine Skua, 16 Mediterranean Gulls and three Little Gulls were seen off the North end in the afternoon, whilst seven Golden Plovers, a Dunlin, a Snipe and two Whimbrels flew over the West side.

The first Barred Warbler since September 2009 was seen in Ty Capel garden today
Whooper Swan

Several Hummingbird Hawk Moths have been seen over the past few weeks 

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