Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The first Grey Wagtail of the year flying over Nant in the afternoon was the one of the highlights at the north end of the island this morning. The Firecrest was elusive as ever as it skulked around the gorse and brambles on the side of the mountain and then heard again later that day in the willows below. A female Sparrowhawk patrolled the area, five Goldcrests, three Chaffinches, a single Starling, male Stonechat and a flock of 27 Meadow Pipits were also noted. Meadow Pipit numbers are now slowly increasing throughout the island as the season progresses with a total of 43 seen today.

Through the Ty Pellaf wetlands 12 additional Meadow Pipits and a Song Thrush were flushed from the long grasses and a Merlin briefly perched out on a fence post before heading north. Decent count of Snipe ended with nine Common Snipes and a Jack Snipe, the Jack Snipe narrowly escaping the the stoop of an adult Peregrine which swooped out of nowhere and tried to pluck it out of the sky.

Slightly further south at the Narrows familiar numbers and species were observed. 32 Grey SealsOystercatchers numbering 59, 11 Redshanks, nine Turnstones and singles of Whimbrel, Rock Pipit and Pied Wagtail. The Curlews had moved away from the Narrows and were seen along the West Coast where 16 of them worked the short grassy fields. Nearby were an additional nine Oystercatchers and three Shags bobbed just off shore.

Counts from out at sea were low with just one Fulmar, four Black Headed Gulls, two Kittiwakes, two Guillemots and 15 Razorbills seen.

Other counts totalled 27 Wrens, three Dunnocks, seven Robins, three Stonechats, seven Blackbirds, a Redwing in the Observatory garden along with a Blue Tit and Great Tit, six Chaffinches and eight Linnets.

Little Owls were again out in force and making their presence known with three seen and heard in the lowlands and two on the side of the mountain.

A small number of moths were attracted to the heath trap set up at the plantation last night. In total three Mottled Grey's and two male Dotted Border's. Dotted Border's are one of the species of moths of which the female's are flightless.

Two male Dotted Border's caught overnight, one quite a bit larger than the other

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