Friday, April 15, 2011

This morning we awoke to the sound of a Grasshopper Warbler singing in the Lighthouse Garden. Opening the garden net caught a few Willow Warblers and the Gropper. At the Obs the first Garden Warbler of the year skulked through the Damsons and over 25 Phylloscs were trapped. Elsewhere on the island over 100 Willow Warblers were logged and Hirundine passage has increased, with over 60 Swallows and 6 House Martins passing through. Blackcaps, Sedge Warblers and Grasshopper Warblers are present in smaller numbers and two Lapland Bunting remain at the North End. The Hooded Crow we first found in March is now an almost daily visitor.

Both juvenile and adult Grasshopper Warblers undergo a full moult in their African wintering grounds and so look identical at this time of year. The lines across the tail, which might be considered growth bars in other species, are a plumage feature present on all birds. (c) Richard Brown

A Clouded Drab was in the Cristin moth trap. Frequent through most of Britain they seem quite scarce here. (c) Richard Brown

Wellies are a must in the Withies at the moment as the morning dew carpets the Horsetails and Marsh Marigolds (c) Giselle Eagle

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