Monday, 10 July 2017

A very quiet day, apart from a few oddities as follows. A Grasshopper Warbler reeling on the mountainside above Plas is our second of the autumn, while a Willow Warbler in the Plantation was the first returning bird. A single Grey Wagtail was also heard calling over Nant. At least 6000 Manx Shearwaters were rafting offshore in the late evening, waiting to come ashore to feed hungry chicks!

Manx Shearwater (

Other than this, sightings of note were very limited. A visit to the East Side revealed a season high count of 91 Shags, as many adults and their fledged young were sitting on the rocks at the base of the cliffs. On the Narrows just four Curlews and a single Whimbrel were to be seen.

The East Side also brought a few of the limited entomological highlights of the day, with 14 Graylings counted, and 180 of the micro moth Pyrausta despicata. The Fuschias at Ty Nesaf were absolutely crawling with Garden Bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) today, making up the majority of the 98 counted.

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