Saturday, 18 July 2015

Despite a brisk south-westerly wind, it was just about calm enough in the afternoon to allow for the visitor changeover to take place. Beside the wind, it was a very pleasant day of clear blue skies and warm temperatures in sheltered spots.

There were some good sightings in terms of avian wildlife during the day, the best of the lot being a pale Balearic Shearwater which glided past the West Side in the morning. Usually we do not see these dirty-looking shearwaters until mid to late-August, although there was a mid-June record back in 2013. Also seen out to see were 76 Black-headed Gulls, a Sandwich Tern, a Fulmar and 23 Gannets. Singles of Swift, Cuckoo, Little Owl and Skylark were amongst the more notable sightings inland.

A Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the mountain top was a nice sighting, and was amongst another good haul of migrant lepidoptera that included over 70 Rush Veneers in Nant Valley, two Painted Ladies and Silver Ys.

juvenile Cuckoo

Mottled Beauty

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