Friday, 24 March 2017

A busy and diverse day for migrants, as the settled weather and gentle easterlies continue to bring decent birding. As per recent days, the same three species were by far the most numerous, with 373 Meadow Pipits, 61 Chiffchaffs and 41 Goldcrests logged. Today also featured probably the best supporting cast of the year so far, with 27 Linnets, 20 Stonechats, nine Wheatears, five Willow Warblers, three White Wagtails and singles of Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart, Skylark and Collared Dove all new in.

Offshore, a lovely drake Eider off Pen Cristin was definitely the highlight, with little else noted on a quiet day for seawatching. Six Snipes were flushed up from the Wetlands, with a Water Rail remaining in the Withies. Two Sparrowhawk and singles of Buzzard, Peregrine and Merlin were all still present, with little else notable birdwise.

However, nine Harbour Porpoise moved through the North Sound in a loose pod. The warm and sunny weather also tempted many insects out, with butterflies including two Peacocks, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Red Admiral, and Bees including the first Common Carder-bee (Bombus pascuorum) of the year. Six Common Quakers and a single Dark Sword Grass made it into the Moth trap.

  Black Redstart at the Lighthouse
The immature Grey Heron on Fenllwyn
one of seven Stonechats on the South End in the late afternoon
Part of the Stonechat 'flock'
Drake Eider off Pen Cristin

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