Monday, 24 May 2010

The Turtle Dove remained from the previous day, and was joined later in the day by a second bird. A Heron startled a flock of Oystercatchers as it flew in over the Narrows, and then proceeded to spend the day flying up and down the island looking lost. 26 Swifts gathered above the farm in the afternoon; eight Sand Martins, 45 Swallows and 16 House Martins flew by; two Buzzards and a Kestrel were seen and eight Collared Doves were still present. Two Sanderlings and three Dunlins were on the beach, and numbers of passerine migrants remained low: seven Spotted Flycatchers, six Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, five Chiffchaffs and nine Redpolls being the highlights.

Turtle Doves (c) Steve Stansfield

Two new moths for the island were found today. A Campion – a species that had been predicted as a likely addition to the island list – was caught in the Cristin Withy moth trap; and a micro moth, Elachista canapennella, was discovered in the coastal heath at the north end.

Campion (c) Richard Else

Elachista canapennella (c) Richard Else

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