Sunday, 19 July 2015

It was a very pleasant day, with a light south-westerly wind easing throughout the day, clear sunny skies and quite warm temperatures. The clouds began rolling in towards the evening ahead of the forecast storm on the 20th.

Migrant birds were quite thin on the ground inland, as we still await the larger arrivals of southward-bound warblers such as Willow Warblers. Nevertheless, the juvenile Cuckoo remained around the lowlands, two Song Thrushes were recorded between Cristin and Nant, a possible Spotted Flycatcher was seen briefly in the plantation, and 14 Starlings flew over the West Side. Sea passage noted during the day comprised three Fulmars, 698 Manx Shearwaters, 35 Gannets, 13 Black-headed Gulls, seven Kittiwakes, 15 Guillemots, 10 Razorbills and nine Puffins, whilst the day's wader count amounted to one Lapwing, 20 Curlews, three Redshanks and six Common Sandpipers.

Onto the day's insect news: three Silver Ys and about 10 Rush Veneers were the only migrant lepidoptera noted during the day. The first Argyresthia albistria of the year was seen on the Damson bushes in Cristin garden, and a few coastal species seen included plenty of Pyrausta despicata, and a single Deplanqueia dilutella. A Northern Eggar caterpillar was seen in Ty Pellaf Withy.

Manx Shearwaters rafting up in the evening, waiting for darkness to fall before descending on the island

another new Wheatear brood fledged quite recently

A Small Tortoise Shell on the coast

Swallow-tailed Moth

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