Friday, 29 May 2009

After a dull and cool start to the day the sun came out about noon, though patches of sea mist keep rolling in from the south.
Sea mist over the South End
(c) Emma Stansfield 29 May 2009

Eventually another hot day suggested that summer had finally arrived on the island, bringing with it a rather better selection of migrants than other days of late. A Black Redstart was seen on the cliffs on the east side of the island, a Reed Warbler was in the withies and an arrival of five Garden Warblers was quite surprising. Five Blackcaps, nine Common Chiffchaffs, four Willow Warblers, two Common Whitethroats, six Spotted Flycatchers, four Redpolls and a Eurasian Siskin had also appeared. Five Ringed Plovers and six Dunlins were on the beaches, a Common Kestrel and two Common Buzzards flew overhead, and a noisily screeching flock of 24 Common Swifts congregated high above the lowlands in the evening.

Large numbers of butterflies were in evidence all over the island as the Painted Lady invasion continued apace. 310 were logged by the evening, but many more probably passed through uncounted. It was easily the best day of the year so far for moths too: nearly 90 were in the Cristin trap in the morning. Most were Small Square-spots, but a variety of other species included a couple of Buff-tips, a Clouded-bordered Brindle and two White Ermines. Several migrant Silver Ys and Rush Veneers were seen during the day

Clouded Borded Brindle
29 May 2009 (c) Steven Stansfield

Buff Tip
29 May 2009 (c) Steven Stansfield

Garden Warbler
29 May 2009 (c) Steven Stansfield

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