Friday, 10 July 2015

There was a slightly fresher breeze from the south-east for much of the day, but clear skies prevailed and ensured another hot day with temperatures reaching 20'C. A cloud front moved in from the west towards the late afternoon, which also brought some light rain.

A small selection of migrant passerines were noted during the day, including a Swift, a Willow Warbler, a Lesser Redpoll and seven Starlings. A single Lapwing took advantage of the newly-cut hay fields to feed on the exposed ground, whilst a handful of other waders during the day comprised a Redshank and six Curlews. A juvenile Mediterranean Gull flew north up the west side, along with two Black-headed Gulls.

Another good day for the island's invertebrates saw a good selection of lepidoptera on wing: the year's first Vestal was seen in Traeth Ffynnon, at least 10 Silver Ys were present in the lowlands, along with over 30 Six-spot Burnets, Glyphipterix thrasonella, over 100 Pyrausta despicata, and a handful of common torticidae. A female Emperor Dragonfly was seen on Pwll Cain, where it spent a while laying eggs underneath the lilly pads.

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