Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A few landbirds were grounded in the overcast and drizzly conditions during the night and day, the most noteworthy of which was a Knot in Henllwyn, a Whinchat in the North-west fields, a smart male Pied Flycatcher at Nant, a female Redstart at the Schoolhouse and two Garden Warblers; two Grasshopper Warblers, 25 Sedge Warblers, nine Whitethroats and 18 Blackcaps amongst a very small number of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. The largest movement of Redpolls so far this year also took place in the morning, with around 70 recorded, some of which looked a little pale and silvery for lessers.

 Two male Little Owls continue to call from dusk onwards in their respective places along the mountainside from Plas to Ty Pellaf-this bird was seen very near last year's nest site
 Some of the breeding male Linnets are looking quite handsome at the moment
 Breeding Stonechat-numbers are up from previous years- at least four of the seven pairs on the island are feeding young
 Last night's overcast weather saw a few more moths in the traps, with a couple of Brown-silver Lines, a Brimstone Moth and this Brindled Ochre (above) caught.
The Brindled Ochre mates in the autumn, with only the female then overwintering in outbuildings, rocky outcrops and stonewalls. By the spring the female lays her eggs on the larval foodplants hogweed or Wild Angelica. Here the larva burrow through the stems into the roots and pupate below the surface. 
A single Elachista argentella was found at Cristin, which is around the fifteenth island record of this small grassland species

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pics of the Little Owl, Linnet and Stonechat

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