Monday, 19 June 2017

The most notable feature of today was a fantastic passage of Swifts. Peaking between 05:30 and 07:30, when several groups of 20-50 were observed, a total of 130 were seen today, almost all making their way south. This is one of the highest counts of recent years, and presumably represents very early departures from breeding grounds further north. Also on the move overhead today, two Grey Herons and a single Sand Martin made their way south.

The other highlight of the day was a considerable influx of Red Admirals, with 62 seen, many of which were actively migrating along the Mountain Ridge mid-afternoon. Singles of Painted Lady and Hummingbird Hawk-moth completed the picture for immigrant insects.

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) - Elliot Montieth
On the sea, 18 Common Scoters and a single Sandwich Tern were the main sightings of note. Another Lapwing was seen today, alongside an early returning Redshank in Henllwyn, plus five Whimbrels and three Curlews. A 1st-summer Black-headed Gull was in Solfach, with a Grey Wagtail on the West Coast also notable.

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) - © Elliot Montieth

No comments:

Post a Comment