Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Although a small selection of migrant birds was present in the morning, the headlines were again seized by interesting insect fauna. An unprecedented nine Red-veined Darters were found in the vicinity of the small pond in the lighthouse garden, including some brightly-coloured males. At Cristin, the moth trap contained a good number of insects of several species, but the second Small Elephant Hawkmoth for the island undoubtedly stole the show.

Avian interest was provided by a Black Redstart, three Spotted Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler, two Blackcaps, two Redpolls, six Sedge Warblers, two Sandwich Terns, a Common Kestrel, two Sanderlings and the same Black-tailed Godwit.

Male Red-veined Darter
2 June 2009 (c) (Top) Richard Brown (bottom) Richard Else

Small Elephant Hawkmoth
2 June 2009 (c) Richard Else

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