Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Much of a much-ness with yesterday really. round the Narrows Curlews were down to 30, with otherwise near-identical counts of four Grey Herons, three Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers and a single Whimbrel. Two Lesser Redpoll were unseasonal on the South End (a late report for yesterday is of one at Nant also), with just seven Starlings on the North-west fields today. We had our first Sandwich Tern for quite a while out over the West Coast, and a Sparrowhawk around the Plantation was the first time the resident pair have showed themselves in about a week. Not much else to note down really!

A decent moth trap included five Crescent Darts, a Turnip Moth and a Purple Clay, while a sunny day saw a few lepidoptera out and about, including 11 Red Admirals, three Small Tortoiseshells and singles of Painted Lady, Large White and Silver Y. The cunning bumblebee-mimic Hoverfly Volucella bombylans was also on the wing in good numbers, and a single Red-tailed Bumblebee was an uncommon sighting in the Obs Garden. Despite being abundant on the mainland, this species is peculiarly hard to see here!

Common Spotted Orchids have been in bloom for several weeks here now- Elliot Monteith

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