Thursday, 16 July 2015

A day of contrasting halves saw bright sunshine, low winds from the south-east and very mild temperatures in the morning, but then dark clouds rolling in during the afternoon, bringing rain and stronger winds with it.

There was a good selection of waders present around The Narrows in the morning, which comprised one Ringed Plover, six Lapwings, one Dunlin, one Whimbrel, 28 Curlews, four Redshanks and five Common Sandpipers. The juvenile Cuckoo remained around the withies, being pestered by numerous Meadow Pipits during the day, and the same Black Guillemot was again seen in Nant Valley. The bird's origin is unclear. Eight Common Swifts and one Sand Martin flew south over the island during the morning, whilst two Willow Warblers and a single Blackcap were seen in the vegetated areas.

The moth traps were a little empty after a night of clear skies, but there were plenty of day-flying moths about: well over 100 Rush Veneers were again recorded, along with good numbers of Silver Ys, Pyrausta despicata, Chrysoteuchia culmella and Sic-spot Burnets. The first few Grapholita funebrana of the year were seen in the obs garden, along with Plum and Rose Tortixes.

Ruby-tailed Wasp. A truly stunning species

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