Thursday, 8 May 2014

It was a very changeable day weather-wise: calm winds for most of the day were accompanied by frequent downpours between the morning and early afternoon, although a freshening south-westerly wind cleared the showers away to leave blue skies in the late afternoon.

Despite the mixed conditions, few migrants had been grounded on the island- two Spotted Flycatchers and a Reed Warbler were amongst six Sedge Warblers, nine Chiffchaffs and nine Willow Warblers, and so it was evident that a few migrants had arrived. The southward passage of hirundines over the island continued today, though in somewhat lesser numbers: two Sand Martins, 61 Swallows and 16 House Martins were logged at intervals during the day. Two Sandwich Terns were seen in Solfach in the late afternoon.

There are currently four pairs of Stonechats on the mountainside between Ty Pellaf and Nant, and two of these pairs have already fledged their first broods. So far, the productivity does not appear to be that good, with just one juvenile fledged above Ty Pellaf, and two from above Cristin
Two Spotted Flycatchers were seen today, both feeding in the lee of the New Plantation
The Lackey caterpillars are doing well in Cristin garden, although few have become fourth instars as yet; most are still at the third instar stage, as they were a week or so ago. They looked particularly comical in the moist conditions today!

Since there are very few migrants to photograph on the island at the moment, here are some pictures of a Moorhen preening itself...

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