Tuesday, 29 March 2016

A changeable day from start to finish as beautiful sunny spells fought with the hail stones, rain, and the inevitable gusts of wind of late. A brave Swallow flew north through the Lowlands early on and became the first March record since 2012.

Sea-watching in the morning turned up one Red-throated Diver, 87 Kittiwakes, three Puffins, and two Common Scoters. A Grey Heron heading off the North End was the first sighting for a while whilst The Narrows saw nine Purple Sandpipers, ten Redshanks, and 14 Turnstones feeding mostly in Henllwyn. Elsewhere 12 Wheatears was the highest count of the spring so far whilst 131 Meadow Pipits, one Song Thrush, 16 Chiffchaffs, 26 Goldcrests, five Siskins, and one Reed Bunting were also seen.

This smart Hawthorn Shieldbug was amongst a catch of three Hebrew Characters and an Early Grey in the Nant heath trap. 

Ruby Tiger caterpillar, this one found in the plantation mid-afternoon. 

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