Sunday, 15 June 2014

It was another beautiful sunny day with a brisk northerly wind, and so it was a little surprising that raptors did not take the opportunity to blast northward over the mountain, as is often their want in such conditions. A flock of three Hooded Crows on The Narrows was perhaps the most unusual sighting of the day; a single Grey Heron flew around the island during the morning, whilst seven Curlews and a Redshank represented migrant waders around The Narrows. Three Swifts and a Lesser Redpolls were the only migrant passerines that flew over the island during the day, whilst a Spotted Flycatcher turned up at Ty Pellaf later in the afternoon.

Perhaps the island's most elusive breeding birds: the Little Owl. Apart from the odd call given out at dusk, the two pairs of Little Owls on the island are seldom seen. Their scientific name, Athene noctua, gives a clue to what was thought of this species historically: The first part is after Pallas Athene, a Greek goddess of wisdom and arts; noctua was an owl sacred to the goddess Minerva
The first broods of Swallow chicks are beginning to emerge from the out buildings and sheds around the island, with many more pairs still incubating their first broods

Some coastal day-flying micro moths from today: 
Delplanqueia dilutella, after two were trapped at Cristin last week, a brief scout of the east side slopes revealed at least five individuals within a 20 metres area. This suggests there are reasonable numbers of this Wild Thyme-feeding species on the island 
 Celypha cespitana-at least 30 of these were seen during the day

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