Tue 13th April 2010

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 5:15 PM

birds : The sun is out and the world looks all summery, then you walk outside and discover a icy cold north-easterly blowing through the island, and it's very difficult to find any suitable sheltered spots on this side of the island. It seems to be putting off any unusual migrants but I did eventually see a new species for the year today - a House Martin. The Swallows are still powering through and I watched a flock of about 10 birds leave Pulias late afternoon and head North into the strong wind and out across the sea, barely a yard above the waves. It seems such an unlikely choice to go for it into such a headwind but I suppose the migratory urge is so strong. The Shingle Bank had about 30 splendid White Wagtails yesterday feeding on the vraic and with them were 3 very nice looking pinky-coloured Scandinavian Rock Pipits. The pair of Marsh Harriers were using the wind today to hang in the air low over the reedbeds and I tried to get photos, but of course they stopped as soon as the 'scope was out. However, this Willow Warbler decided to preen out in the open by the roadside and was a welcome substitute.



Willow Warbler, Claire Mare


moths : An Early Thorn was at the window the other night but the winds are far too icy to think about trapping. Also, an Indian Meal Moth shared the enclosure with the Lovebirds at Le Friquet last week.

Categories: 2010 Spring