Monday, 5 March 2012

3rd to 5th March

A fresh South-westerly wind and brief downpours made for a slightly less pleasant day with fewer birds on the 3rd. Noteworthy sightings from the morning included the first Blackcap of the year in the Lighthouse garden (a female), a Jackdaw on the Narrows (another first for this year), a Golden Plover on the South end and the Lapland Bunting in the gorse here. 11 Common Scoters and a Red-throated Diver were seen off the coast. On the 4th, a flock 300 Starlings flew over the mountain, nine Goldcrests remained at Nant from their arrival in previous days and a Woodcock was seen at dusk near Ty Pellaf. The 5th was another cool and fairly quiet day bird-wise with nothing new to report. Raptors during this period included the usual Little Owl on Pencristin, a Merlin around the coast, two Sparrowhawks inland and a Buzzard on the 5th.
The night of the 3rd heralded the largest catch of the year in the moth trap near Nant Withy: singles of The Satellite (4th for the island), Red Sword-grass and Dark Sword-grass were caught, along with two Mottled Greys and two Acleris Hastiana. Singles of the latter two species were caught the following night.

 Lapland Bunting
 Meadow Pipits are song-flighting all over the island
 Blue Tits and Great Tits are also singing away in the island's gardens
 The Satellite
Red Sword-grass

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