Monday, 7 May 2012

It was surprisingly eventful on the bird front today, despite strong southerly winds and frequent heavy showers. A lovely Wood Warbler was seen briefly in Cristin garden in the early hours, before moving on with a few Blackcaps; the first two Reed Warblers of the year were seen in Cristin garden and Plas Withy, and four Garden Warblers were also in these locations. Totals of the more common passerine migrants for the day totalled at singles of Tree Pipit, Whinchat and Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Sedge Warblers, 10 Whitethroats, 60 Blackcaps, 30 each of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, two Goldcrests, a Pied Flycatcher and three Spotted Flycatchers.

 Yellow Wagtail (from yesterday)
 Spotted Flycatcher (upper) and female Whinchat (lower)
Dunlins and Turnstones
With so few moths being caught recently- traps are struggling to produce one moth a night!-micro moths around the coast have been the only things to brighten up these macro-mothless days. Eudonia angustea (upper) and Cydia ulicetana. The latter should be increasing to triple-figure counts in the coming weeks on patches of gorse on the mountain. Other micro-lepidoptera that have been seen recently include Pyrausta despicata around the coast, White-shouldered House-moths in the houses and Parsnip Moths in the traps.

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