Sunday, 25 June 2017

Most of the morning was spent on Storm-petrel Census, but with just a handful responding to playback in the East Side from Pen Cristin to Briw Gerrig. Otherwise the regular seabirds were seen and a juvenile Wheatear was present. Six Curlew on the Narrows was one of the only sightings of note on the western side of the island.

Guillemot (Uria aalge) - © Elliot Montieth
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) - © Elliot Montieth

One of the highlights was, at long last, a properly busy moth trap! 61 Moths of 23 species at Cristin had as highlights a few firsts of the season, such as Crescent Dart & Triple-spotted Clay, and hot on the heels of the first a few weeks ago, our second record of Feathered Beauty.

Two Moss Carder-bees (Bombus muscourum) in the Lighthouse Compound was the third location this nationally scarce species has been discovered in this year; a "red-tailed and yellow banded" species here may well have been a Bilberry Bumblebee (B. monticola) but couldn't be confirmed. A good candidate for this species was also photographed on the South End a few days ago. With several species probably added to the island list this year (we're not aware of many earlier surveys of Bumblebees, but possibly some of what we think are island firsts have been recorded in the past), it's been excellent rewards for some concerted recording of them!

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