Sunday, 26 April 2015
A pleasant day of clear skies and lower wind speeds saw something of a return to 'normal' springtime migrant numbers. There remained a fair scattering of species around the island, however, with two Ring Ouzels present on the Mountain, the usual Black Redstart around the Abbey, a good tally of 66 Wheatears in the coastal fields, a respectable movement of nine Sand Martins, 155 Swallows and 31 House Martins North over the Mountain and West Coast, and a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grasshopper Warbler, four Whitethroats, 27 Blackaps, 19 Chiffchaffs, 35 Willow Warblers and two Goldcrests seen in the more vegetated areas. The Little Egret was once again present, along with a Bar-tailed Godwit around the Narrows, whilst one Red-breasted Merganser flew by at sea.
This smart geometrid is a Shoulder Stripe, and was trapped near Nant Withy a couple of days ago. It is a new species for Bardsey
Shuttle-shaped Darts are usually only recorded once or twice a year, and so it is good to trap one already