Monday, 16 May 2022

A good arrival of birds across the Island saw a total of 91 Spotted Flycatchers being recorded alongside a singing Firecrest and a Tree Pipit at Nant, a Hobby along the West Coast and a Redstart above the Abbey. An increase in waders saw 22 Dunlins, seven Ringed Plovers, a Curlew, two Whimbrels, 12 Turnstones, three Purple Sandpipers and two Common Sandpipers being logged.

Firecrest © Ed Betteridge 

Redstart © Ed Betteridge 

The highlight of the day however, went to a Striped Hawk-Moth found in the North End Gorse by Ollie who was able to catch it and bring it back to the Observatory in his hat! This represented the first record for the Island! Other migrant Lepidoptera today included the first Painted Lady, Silver Y and Diamond-Backed moth of the year.

Striped Hawk-Moth © Ed Betteridge 

Striped Hawk-Moth © Ed Betteridge 

Other birds recorded today included 20 House Martins, a Goldcrest, five Chiffchaffs, ten Willow Warblers, 19 Whitethroats, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, 22 Sedge Warblers, 11 Wheatears and a White Wagtail.

Mallard with ducklings © Ed Betteridge 

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