Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Another largely quiet day with few new arrivals continued the spell of persistent northerly winds. Five Common Sandpipers around the Narrows was the highest count of the spring, whilst 20 Whimbrels were also seen here and a probable Arctic Skua was seen off the North end. Inland, a Tree Pipit was trapped at Cristin, four Grasshopper Warblers were heard, 55 Wheatears around the coast were almost all greenland birds and seven Sand Martins, 30 Swallows and a House Martin passed through.

 Common Sandpiper
 a pale morph Buzzard flew over the wetlands midday, before landing on Pencristin for a while. Singles of Sparrowhawk and Kestrel were also recorded
In the warm conditions in the shelter on the east side, the first Cydia ulicetana of the year were found, with 32 seen around the gorse bushes. Three Pyrausta despicata (above) were also seen, as well as a Eudonia sp. 

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