Monday, 8 October 2018

Today could pretty accurately be described as the 'comedown' after yesterday's bird race. There wasn't much visible overhead migration and there seemed to be a pretty obvious exodus of migrants on the land. The best count came from the sea, with 1189 Kittiwakes feeding in several large flocks of the West Coast throughout the day. The Little Egret lingered for another day as did the Collared Dove.

A Manx Shearwater, 63 Gannets, three Grey Herons, a Buzzard, a Kestrel, two Merlins, a Water Rail, a Ringed Plover, five Purple Sandpipers, two Dunlins, a Snipe, four Whimbrel, 48 Curlews, 18 Turnstones, nine Mediterranean Gulls, 23 Black-headed Gulls, two Common Gulls, 12 Robins, four Chiffchaffs, 21 Goldcrests, a Coal tit, a Great tit, three Jackdaws, four Chaffinches, four Goldfinches and four Linnets.

Probably today's most interesting find was this small weevil, Donus zoilus, in the moth trap this morning. The adults eat small legumes such as clovers and trefoils before overwintering and emerging again the following spring.

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