Monday, 30 May 2016
We start off with late news from yesterday where the second (ringed) Greenish Warbler was photographed in the Cristin garden by a visitor. Despite thorough searching neither Greenish Warblers were seen today.
In Cristin Withy, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was discovered in the morning, probably different to the bird of two days ago. Following good views originally the bird then spent the rest of the day being highly elusive and perching up only in the densest foliage of the Withy. In addition, it was extremely mobile when it did show, flitting out of the willows, only to be re-found 20 minutes later at the other end. The increase in wind as the day went on only hampered viewing unfortunately.
Asides from the above, it was a quiet day with six Arctic Terns offshore the best sighting. Also noted were one Grey Heron, six Common Scoters, four Collared Doves, and four Spotted Flycatchers.
Ruby-tailed Wasps have been emerging in various places around the island in the last few days, favouring sheltered spots to bask in the sun
Two Small Elephant Hawkmoths have been attracted to the light traps recently
Guillemots seem to be having a good year, with the ledges packed with breeding birds
A number of seabirds have been ringed around the East Side in the last few days, including this superb adult Shag