Saturday, 9 July 2011

Finally the dull weather came to an end, and sunshine was accompanied by low winds throughout the day. Little was present bird-wise though: five Common Sandpipers were by Solfach, and the usual flock of Curlews contained 43 birds today; two Ringed Plovers, six Redshanks and a Whimbrel were also present on the wader-front. Three Black-headed Gulls ambled by at sea, whilst inland, a Collared Dove, a Swift, eight House Martins, two Blue Tits, two Goldfinches and two Lesser Redpolls were the most notable sightings.

 Common Sandpiper
The moth traps were very successful during the night: the first Drinker moths (upper) of the year and a Swallow-tailed Moth (middle) were caught in Cristin Withy, and a Barred Straw (lower) also trapped here was the first record for the island.

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