Monday, 4 April 2016

Martletwy, Stackpole and St Govans Head areas

For the second day running, a Blackcap was one of the first birds singing at dawn in our garden hedge at Martletwy - having probably arrived back in the area yesterday (Sunday). One was noted at a similar time and location this time last year.

Over at Stackpole today, to do a butterfly transect in very nice warm, spring sunshine, there were not many butterflies on the wing but several blackcaps were in full song in Bosherston lakeside woodland and in wooded areas of the warren. There were also a few willow warblers in song.

A partially leucistic meadow pipit on Stackpole warren looked a bit odd at first, having an almost completely white head and face, contrasting strongly with normal body plumage. 

Seven sandwich terns were feeding in the sandy bay off Broadhaven, a typical record for this location in early April. A few wheatears were noted along the coast between Stackpole Head and St Govan's Head and small numbers of swallows were moving along the coast this afternoon. A Painted Lady butterfly was probably a recent arrival from the south on the coast at Stennis Ford.