Sunday, 26 March 2017

A bit of a clearout of migrants was evident today, but it was nontheless an enjoyable day with decent diversity. 120 Meadow Pipits, 70 Linnets and 47 Goldcrests made up the numbers, with a supporting cast of 24 Wheatears, 14 Chiffchaffs, three Siskins, three Collared Doves, two Redwings, two Rooks and singles of Willow Warbler, Redpoll, White Wagtail and Great Tit. 

Offshore were two Puffins, two Red-throated Divers and two Manx Shearwaters amongst the resident seabirds, some of which are returning to ledges and building nests now. Two Whimbrel were the only waders of note, while amongst raptors the wintering Merlin remained.

Our first Green-veined Whites of the year were on the wing around Nant, with three Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell also noted. The Moth Trap pulled out the days star rarity, only the islands second Tawny Pinion! A Red Chestnut, five Common Quakers and two Dark Sword Grass was also a decent return compared to recent days

Tawny Pinion

Red Chestnut

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