Friday, 23 July 2021

Today provided us with the first bit of cloud and a break from the relentless baking sun for over a week now. It was nice and cool first thing with a bit of sea mist rolling in from the east over the southern end of the island.

Very eerie fog ripples coming in from the east

Stuart headed to Nant to open the nets there at dawn. It was quiet again, though there were three Goldcrests calling, at least one of which was a youngster that had been hatched on the island.

On the census routes there were a few more Willow Warblers, with the first double-figure count of the autumn, with 12 bright Lemmon yellow youngsters. Another Grasshopper Warbler was seen near the Lime Kiln, and a Whitethroat was in the Lowlands.

The moth trap provided lots of action once again with the likes of Antler Moth and the year's first Brown Line Bright Eye.

Bright-line Brown-eye 

There are still lots of Butterflies on the wing, though fewer noted than the previous couple of days. Some of the second generation Small Coppers and Common Blues are very fresh and vibrant.

Smal Copper

In the afternoon and evening, Steve and Emma continued working on getting the rooms ready for the 'grand re-opening', when we are legally allowed to have the Lodge at full capacity again. The walls that had all the damp and flaked paint that was removed a few weeks ago have dried out and Steve began painting them, the north quad had its first coat, and the south quad and south double had their final top coats. As we were expecting guests at 9am the following day, Steve Emma and Connor worked until the early hours to get the south side put back together after Steve had moved all the furniture around to paint the rooms earlier in the day! It was much cooler and a nicer temperature to be working in...
North quad bedroom with paint removed

Today's other birds: 181 Manx Shearwaters, 11 Gannets, 17 Curlews, one Common Sandpiper, one Black-headed Gull, one Collared Dove, 43 Swallows, 25 House Martins, one Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Willow Warblers, one Whitethroat, three Goldcrests.

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