Tuesday, 17 March 2015

16th March
It was generally a day lacking in migrants or new arrivals, despite the calm conditions: 161 Meadow Pipits and 46 Rock Pipits were recorded, along with at least ten Scandinavian Rock Pipits, nine Wheatears and a Song Thrush around the coast.

17th March
A day of beautiful clear blue skies, light easterly winds and warm spring sunshine made for a lovely change to the cold cloud that has been looming over the island for the past few days. There was a moderate increase in the number of migrants on the island too: a single Skylark and 150 Meadow Pipits were scattered around the coastal fields; a Black Redstart was seen around Cristin, and even went into one of the sheds very briefly; nine Stonechats, four Wheatears and a Continental Song Thrush were seen around the coastal areas, and in the gorse patches; and three Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests and ten Blue Tits were recorded in the vegetated areas inland. Also noteworthy for the day were Great Northern Diver, one Rook, the usual Hooded Crow, three Buzzards and a Merlin.

Wheatear numbers around the coast are very slowly increasing. Most of the birds arriving at the moment are males such as this one

Up to three Hooded Crows have been present on The Narrows in recent days

Seabirds are now plentiful around the East Side, with hundreds of Guillemots and Razorbills taking up their places on the ledges and boulder fields. This is a smart 'Bridled' Guillemot

Fulmars are also getting ready for the breeding season, with chattering partners eyeing up ledges and prospecting for nesting sites


Moths 
A moth trap has been set up in Ty Capel garden for the last two nights, and has attracted some of the year's first moths. The usual species for this time of year have turned up in small numbers, including Mottled Greys, Early Greys, Hebrew Characters, Dotted Borders, Red Chestnuts and both Agonopterix heracliana and A. hastiana. A small selection are pictured below:

Hebrew Character

Dotted Border

Red Chestnut

Early Grey

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