Thursday, 4 June 2015

A stunning day of low winds, clear blue skies and warm temperatures saw a good variety of species to be seen. A small movement of hirundines and Swifts overhead saw 10 Swifts, five Sand Martins, 97 Swallows and 59 House Martins passing overhead, and 10 Sedge Warblers, three Whitethroats, one Blackcap, eight Chiffchaffs, three Willow Warblers and 10 Spotted Flycatchers were seen in the vegetated areas. A single Ringed Plover, four Sanderlings, a Curlew and one Turnstone represented the day's wader counts.

It was a good day for day-flying lepidoptera, with hundreds of Celypha cespitana and Lobesia littoralis recorded on the East Side, along with Teleiopsis diffinis, Bryotropha domestica, Pyrausta despicata and Elachista argentella. The highlight of the day went to the discovery of the year;s first Thrift Clearwing just above Seal Cave.

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