Wednesday, 5 August 2015
A day of strong south-easterly winds continued to make conditions a little difficult for southward-bound migrants. With very high tides following the recent new moon, waders are featuring well every day at the moment. Today's counts from the rocks around the Narrows comprised nine Ringed Plovers, one Sanderling, two Dunlins, five Whimbrels, 35 Curlews, three Redshanks, one Common Sandpiper and 15 Turnstones. Singles of Common Gull and Arctic Tern flew south past the West Coast, along with three Sandwich Terns and 765 Manx Shearwaters. In terms of passerines, three Sand Martins were seen around the Narrows, suggesting some movements, but other five Willow Warblers and a Goldcrest were the only other apparent migrants.
Male Northern Eggar, trapped in the Nant Withy heath trap
Blackberry Skeletonizer (Schreckensteinia festaliella)