Sunday, 15 May 2022

A drop in wind speeds and a swing to easterlies made for a small arrival of a range of species. The highlight of the day was a male Hobby that flew low over the water across Henllwyn, and was constantly mobbed by Oystercatchers! Wader number increased to 10 Ringed Plovers, eight Dunlins, two Curlews, six Whimbrels and two Turnstones. Corvids also made their way over to the island with three Jackdaws and three Rooks recorded. Hirundines were also still moving through with 45 House Martins, 62 Swallows and six Sand Martins being logged.

Hobby © Ed Betteridge
Other migrant highlights were nine Spotted Flycatchers, nine Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Lesser Redpolls, and a White Wagtail
Spotted Flycatcher © Ollie King

Most of the afternoon was spent working on the Manx Shearwater census and productivity projects, as we mapped out survey squares on the East Side, and searched for more occupied burrows with eggs. Whilst we were round there, the first Green Tiger Beetle of the year was seen, as well as a Small Copper.

Manx Shearwater productivity post © Ed Betteridge

Green Tiger Beetle © Ollie King

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