Monday, 26 May 2014

It was a stunning day of clear blue skies and a very light south-easterly wind, and the quality of the birds on the island perfectly matched such pleasant conditions. A female type Golden Oriole was seen briefly in Ty Pellaf garden in the early hours, which is the second record of the year, but just the fourth since 2012. The cracking female Citrine Wagtail remained around the ponds, favouring Pwll Cain for most of the day, where it was joined by a male Blue-headed Wagtail in the late afternoon. The House Sparrow toured around the island, and was amongst an overhead passage of one Grey Wagtail, two Sand Martins, 56 Swallows and 23 House Martins. In other news, single Reed Warbler and nine Spotted Flycatchers were the most obvious arrivals on land, considering that almost all of the other species of warblers are now breeding on the island.

The Citrine Wagtail spent the best part of the day trotting along the tops of the lillies on Pwll Cain, feasting on a bounty of Mayfly Nymphs, amongst other insects. The bird showed very well in the last evening, although those images will have to wait until tomorrow...for now, some pictures taken earlier in the day...

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Citrine Wagtail. Top 2 (C) Steve Stansfield, rest (C) Ben Porter.
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And the two stars of the day together: Blue-headed Wagtail in the background, Citrine Wagtail in the foreground. Many more to follow
The Lackey caterpillars at Cristin have grown into their fifth instar skins, and are dispersing from their tents around the garden

1 comment:

  1. Superb sightings and fantastic photos. Thank you for taking the time to update the blog. I find it all very interesting.