Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The morning brought foul weather to the island, with powerful winds accompanied by driving rain dissuading most observers from braving the conditions in search of birds. The solitary, dedicated birder who did venture out found some reward in the shape of a female Northern Eider that flew south past the north hide. When the weather improved considerably for the afternoon, a Whinchat, a Common Whitethroat, 11 Spotted Flycatchers, two Eurasian Siskins and four Redpolls were found. A Black-headed Gull and an unringed Whimbrel were also seen.

Fewer butterflies and moths were on the wing than in recent days, but a pyralid moth, Crambus lathoniellus, caught on the mountain, appears to be a new species for the island.

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