Sunday, 16 April 2017

Male Mayfly Moult

Checking the moth trap on Saturday morning, don't ask, I found the above on the garage wall. As genital mutilation is required for identification I, nursing a hangover, decided we both would be better off without it.  At Rhaslas, despite the north winds its still a little slow on the wader front with only 4 greenshank on the 12th and the occasional common sandpiper being present the last couple of days.

GK were very skittish, very vocal, but nice to watch them trimming their wings as they flew into the wind, just like a yacht. I met Paul Davies doing his BBS on Saturday, he also regularly walks the site in the evening after work and confirmed that at least 1 hen harrier wintered here again. As we talked the slow trickle of swallow was joined by a strange looking wheatear, my first house martin of the year. Ho hum and a happy Easter to all our readers. Also 2 linnet about with c12 wheatear this morning, drake scaup still present with 4 tufted and a pair of mallard. White wagtail [4] on 15th .


  1. Some good stuff mike and good record of 4 Greenshank .

  2. It was a good morning to be out and about. I haven't had Greenshank this year, so envious. Martin and I had House Martin while we were doing the Mynydd Merthyr BBS square on Sunday.