Sunday, 17 May 2015
A day of somewhat stronger south-westerly winds and grey cloud cover provided an altogether uninspiring day of May migration. A flock of waders on the South End comprised three Ringed Plovers and nine Dunlins, whilst two Whimbrels and a Curlew were seen elsewhere. Three Collared Doves lingered on from the previous days' flock of four, and two Cuckoos were also present once again. Warbler numbers took a tumble as the windy weather constrained most birds to dense cover: five Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, three Blackcaps, 10 Chiffchaffs and two Willow Warblers were recorded, along with four Spotted Flycatchers and three Siskins.
Virtually all of the island's breeding Oystercatchers are now incubating eggs in their varying scrapes on ledges and gravelly beaches around the coast
Green Tiger Beetles are a fairly common species around the coast, appearing on warm afternoons
Lackey caterpillars are nearing their final instar stages at many locations on the island, having shed their final skin. There seem to be fewer silk tents around this year, although this cold weather does not do them a favour!