Wednesday, 29 July 2015

As the strong winds continue to dominate, passerine migrants remain a little scarce on the island. Despite the biting north westerly, there was evidence of southward migration taking place, with a light scattering of warblers across the island: one Grasshopper Warbler, six Sedge Warblers and 15 Willow Warblers were the totals. The strong winds did precipitate another reasonable movement of seabirds, with five Fulmars, 1584 Manx Shearwaters, 74 Gannets, five Black-headed Gulls and three Sandwich Terns recorded. At high tide, a gathering of waders around The Narrows included the usual flock of 43 Curlews, along with two Whimbrels, two Redshanks, three Common Sandpipers and eight Turnstones.

Moth news has been in short supply since the weekend, owing to the chilly temperatures, frequent rain storms and strong winds. Six-spot Burnets remain on the wing, with around 25 recorded today. A scattering of butterflies included some 15 Meadow Browns, 20 Green-veined Whites and two Small Tortoiseshells.


Linnet at sunset

Eucosma cana

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