Friday, 5 September 2014

Weather conditions today were very variable, with a fog bank residing over the island for the majority of the day, Despite very low winds, migrant numbers on the island were much reduced in comparison to yesterday. Nevertheless, there were some very nice birds still on show around the place: two Wrynecks were found during the day- one near the schoolhouse, and a new bird in the gorse on Pen Cristin; the Ortolan Bunting continued to frustrate, but darting from field to field calling; and yesterday's Marsh Warbler was again seen at Nant.

Meadow Pipit numbers had increased significantly, with a total of 142 scattered around the island in loose flocks; Grey Wagtails continued to pass overhead in very respectable numbers, with a total of 15 Recorded, along with 23 White Wagtails; four Whinchats and 14 Stonechats inland was a decrease from yesterday's counts. Warblers were still around in small numbers, with seven Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers, a Blackcap, seven Chiffchaffs, 21 Willow Warblers and nine Goldcrests recorded, along with six Spotted Flycatchers and three Pied Flycatchers.

Two Wrynecks were again seen today, with one found on Pen Cristin near Ty Pellaf, and the other likely to be the same as yesterday near the schoolhouse

Over the last week, a moth trap has been placed on the heath on top of the mountain. Surprisingly, very few migrants were attracted to the heath trap, with just a couple of Silver Ys and the odd Rusty Dot Pearl recorded. The most common moth species was Heath Rustic, as well as Flounced Rustic and Square-spot Dart. A few noteworthy species trapped included an Anomalous, two Red-green Carpets and Deplanqueia dilutella
Heath Rustic
The Anomalous
There was a very heavy dew overnight, leaving the island covered in sparkling water droplets in the early hours

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