Saturday, 5 April 2014

Fine drizzle prevailed throughout the day, which had obviously grounded a small selection of common migrants overnight. The first Woodlark of the year made a very brief appearance on the South End in the morning, giving its characteristic call before disappearing. Warbler numbers had increased since yesterday, with around 21 Blackcaps, 48 Willow Warblers and seven Chiffchaffs recorded, as well as a single Firecrest. The first Golden Plover of the year sped southward over the South End, closely followed by a further three birds.

A good proportion of the phylloscopus warblers (such as this Chiffchaff) in recent days have had 'pollen hornes'- these are usually acquired en route, through regions such as the Mediterranean. They are formed by the agglomeration of pollen on the feathers at the base of the bill
Many Willow Warblers took to feeding on the ground in the shelter of banks

A moth update for the last few days:
This Engrailed was attracted to the moth trap in Ty Capel garden during the night, and represents the first record on Bardsey. They closely resemble the Small Engrailed, which some consider to be con-specific, although the time of year would suggest that this is the former of the two. One or two of the species' foodplants are present on Bardsey, such as sallows, Broom and Hawthorn. 
The first Twin-spotted Quaker since 29 March 2011 was also trapped in Ty Capel garden. Before 2011, the only record was of a dead specimen in May 1985. The reason for its absence since 2011 can perhaps be explained by the lack of suitable weather conditions at the ideal time of year in the last two years.
Similarly, this Satellite was not recorded in the spring of last year, due to very cold weather. However, there have already been five records this year

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