Friday, 14 July 2017

Today’s fair weather produced a noteworthy amount of activity and emergence among Lepidoptera with triple figures of multiple species being recorded. The most numerous of which were Green-veined White, Meadow Brown and Six-spot Burnet, with 104, 112 and 153 seen respectively! The latter being the highest count of the season thus far. Adding to the diversity today were also four Small Coppers, 14 Red Admirals, one Peacock and nine Grayling! Moths recorded today included four Silver Y, a Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Common Emerald.

Birds today largely concerned seabirds and waders. A total of 44 Gannets were recorded out to sea, whilst a mixture of breeding birds and migrants produced the highest count of Shags at 152 individuals since August 2005, when a whooping 200 were logged! Black-headed Gulls saw a slight increase in numbers with 13 seen, as well as 811 Herring Gulls. Finally, 169 Puffins recorded today was the highest count this year!

With August fast approaching waders are also being recorded in reasonable number and diversity, today’s haul included a Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, two Whimbrels, three Curlews, 14 Redshanks and nine Common Sandpipers.

Other migrants today concerned two Collared Doves, a further five Willow Warblers, a Goldcrest and 11 Starlings.

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