Sunday, 24 August 2014

There was a decided change in the weather overnight, as dawn broke to hardly a breath of wind and clear skies. However, by the late afternoon, the wind had increased from the south-east and a large rain front was advancing. It was a very pleasant morning for the daily censuses, and it was good to see a small amount of visible migration going underway. Two Sand Martins, 80 Swallows, 30 House Martins, a Tree Pipit, a Grey Wagtail, 41 Pied Wagtails and six White Wagtails flew over The Narrows and The South End in the morning. A total of two Whinchats, two Sedge Warbler, six Chiffchaffs, 11 Willow Warblers, seven Goldcrests and four Spotted Flycatchers were noted in the island's coastal gorse, willow beds and gardens. In terms of non-passerines, five Common Scoters flew past at sea, two Sandwich Terns were present on Carreg Yr Honwy, a single Knot and Dunlin remained in Solfach, and a small selection of raptors comprised three Sparrowhawks and a Kestrel.

 Willow Warblers continue to move through in small numbers
As many as three Sparrowhawks have been touring the island, keeping watch for unwary fledglings and other passerines 
Juvenile Stonechats 
Episyrphus balteatus- a common hoverfly that inhabits gardens and hedges across the UK
This smart Canary-shouldered Thorn was trapped in The Withies 
Migrants are on the move at the moment, with the odd Silver Y turning up in the light traps, along with daily records of Rusty Dot Pearl 
The first Sallow of the year was trapped near Cristin Withy, along with a Pale Mottled Willow and Crescent

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