Monday, 3 April 2017

Another quiet day all round. Out to sea seven Black-headed Gulls moved South, and there were 23 Puffins among other Auks on the East coast. 220 Meadow Pipits were the bulk of passerine migration, which also featured 19 Chiffchaffs, 19 Wheatears, seven Willow Warblers and just five Goldcrests! Two Swallows moved through and a single Siskin was at Nant.

The presumed same over-wintering Merlin remains, today hunting Meadow Pipits in the Wetlands. Waders on the Narrows included 130 Oystercatcher, 23 Turnstone and three Whimbrel. Thus concludes a quiet day for birds, that probably won't live long in the memories of those present!

The obs Moth Trap saw another arrival of Dark Sword Grass, eight being recorded. However, the only other species found was a single Agonopterix heracliana, a resident Micro that overwinters as an adult, and is often seen on the island from March to May. Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Common Carder-bee were on the wing in the garden, and just to prove it actually is spring, a few more flowers are starting to bloom now, Red Campion, Common Dog-violet, Charlock and the first few Bluebells are all sticking their heads above the parapet, in defiance of the often frigid conditions.

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