Wednesday, 19 July 2017

For late July, today was another reasonable day's passage, particularly for aerial insectivores. Counts of 60 Swallows, 33 House Martins, 11 Swifts and five Sand Martins indicated a bit of return passage. On the land movement was restricted to five Willow Warblers, three Starlings and a Blackcap, with a Kestrel also new in.
juvenile Willow Warbler recently trapped in the Withies; ©Ben Porter

Kittiwakes were up to 181 today, some 150 of which were roosting on the tip of the South End. 36 Black-headed Gulls moving offshore was the second highest count of the year, though soon numbers should be well into the hundreds. 26 Common Scoters and three Sandwich Terns were the only other non-routine species noted offshore, with the common seabirds in modest numbers today.

A good selection of waders were on the Narrows. The second wave of returning Curlews was probably signalled by a count of 36 today, with five Whimbrels also, and a good spread of other species totalling nine Redshanks, seven Common Sandpipers, six Dunlins, four Turnstones and two Sanderlings.

On a quiet day for lepidoptera and other insects, the only sightings of note were 25 Red Admirals and a single Painted Lady. The moth trap at Cristin was high on numbers (principally 44 Crescen Darts and 23 Dark Arches) but low on quality, although two Single-dotted Waves were new for the year and a Spectacle was the first for over a month.

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