Sunday, 12 July 2015

A day of light southerly winds, clear sunny skies and mild temperatures made for very pleasant conditions to be outdoors. The combination also allowed for the trickle of southward-bound migrants to continue, along with day-flying lepidoptera to emerge in good numbers.

A good count of 65 Common Scoters involved a single flock flying south past the coast in the morning, along with nine Black-headed Gulls. Curlew numbers remain steady at the moment, although the usual flock is likely to build in number in the coming weeks: just 14 were seen today, with an accompanying selection of two Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers and a Turnstone. The first fledged Sedge Warbler young were seen in the Ty Pellaf wetlands in the morning; five Chiffchaffs around the island concerned worn adult birds; and two Starlings were present at the North End.

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