Thursday, 21 May 2015

It was a pleasant day, with calm conditions encouraging a few migrants to appear, and the the clear conditions added some much-needed warmth to the air. A single adult Pomarine Skua flew west past the South End in the morning, whilst singles of Dunlin, Whimbrel, Curlew and Sandwich Tern were present around The Narrows. A moderate movement of hirundines include eight Sand Martins, 195 Swallows and 26 House Martins, whilst a Cuckoo was trapped and ringed at Cristin. A Yellow Wagtail flew over The Narrows midday, and a single White Wagtail was seen in Solfach; inland, a female Common Redstart was trapped and ringed at Nant, whilst warbler numbers amounted to 20 Sedge Warblers, two Reed Warblers, two Whitethroats, four Blackcaps and six Chiffchaffs. A total of eight Spotted Flycatchers were recorded around the island.

 female Common Redstart
 Gorse Shield Bug
There are a few Garden Tiger caterpillars emering at the moment, along with the first Drinker and Yellowtail larvae

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