Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The skies were again clear, and the wind finally died down in the afternoon. By far the highlight of the day was a Puss Moth that was discovered in the rushes by Cristin Withie in the morning. This stunning species has only been recorded four times before on the island- twice as adult specimens, and twice as caterpillars. On the bird front, the two Wood Warblers were again in Cristin garden, three Lesser Whitethroats were scattered around, and a Whinchat was in the wetlands. Only a single Bar tailed Godwit was with the Whimbrels on the south end, and the leucistic Whimbrel was also with them: seven Ring Plovers, seven Dunlins, three smart male Turnstones and a couple of Common Sandpipers were around the narrows. A Ring Ouzel was above Cristin whilst a Buzzard, a Kestrel, a Merlin and a Peregrine Falcon represented the raptors present. A couple of Common Scoters and three Sandwich Terns were the highlights from sea-passage.

 Puss Moth- so named after the cat-like appearance of the adult moth (c) Ben Porter
 The leucistic Whimbrel (bottom) was again with a flock of Whimbrels on the south end
 (c) Ben Porter
A Four-spotted Chaser was seen by the Plantation. This is the first record here since 2008 (c) Ben Porter

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