Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Wader movement was again noticeable on another glorious day, with two Greenshanks flying south over Henllwyn in the morning, whilst three Common Sandpipers, four Whimbrels, two Redshanks, three Ringed Plovers and four Lapwings were also noted.
The first Grasshopper Warbler of the Autumn was seen in the gorse on the South End, along with a Willow Warbler, whilst 15 Swifts glided overhead.

Flocks of up to 15 Common Swifts have been seen and heard above the mountain in recent days. Interestingly, the collective noun for a group of Swifts is a 'scream'- a superb description of their behaviour. 

Some insect news:
 The first Knot Grass of the year was caught at Cristin, along with a July Belle
 A thorough search in the Thrift on the South End yielded no Thrift Clearwings, but two Pyrausta despicata (above) and a Mirificarma mulinella were found
 Sunfly- there are only about five previous records on Bardsey
Plum Fruit Moth, a new species for Bardsey

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