Saturday, April 9, 2011

We woke up to glorious sunshine! A few migrants were hanging around the south end, including a Tree Pipit and a few finches, mainly Redpoll, Goldfinch and Linnet. Rich also had a brief flyover Yellow Wagtail. Emptying the moth trap was the highlight of the morning because I (Giselle) have paid little attention to moths in the past, so everything is quite new to me (I no longer just think of them as bat food). In the afternoon we saw our first Grasshopper Warbler and Common Redstart of the year and caught a few common migrants as we put the nets up in the Withies.

This Grasshopper Warbler was one of two recorded today. (c) Richard Brown

A female Blackcap caught in the heligoland trap today and bearing a huge pollen horn. The massive deposit was probably collected during migration but the dusting of yellow is from closer to home. The Damson blossom in the obs garden to be exact. (c) Richard Brown

There were two Brindled Ochre in the trap. We know that this is a female as only the ladies overwinter. The adult moths do not feed. (c) Richard Brown

A Herald. This is another species of moth which has hibernated through the winter. The larval foodplants include Willows which are plentiful on Bardsey. (c) Richard Brown

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