Saturday, 4 June 2016

4th June 2016

Weather: N 0, 8/8 cloud, good vis

Hardly any wind but the first overcast conditions for days prompted a brief pre-tide visit this morning but as is often the case at this time of year there were no passerine migrants grounded.  A single House Martin was heard though and waders still moved through with 4 Bar-tailed Godwit flying around the North End and then later 26 were counted as the tide flooded.

Breeding birds were evident and there was optimism for both Shelducks and Mallard as they were both seen 'down' on the islands; not a frequent occurrence this spring with a fox in residence earlier (we hope it has moved on but we do not know for sure).

Meanwhile, three pairs of Swallows remain as do the Pied Wagtails, although the latter are being particularly secretive.

Over 200 Diamond-back Moths were counted again this morning after a slight lull yesterday; but this will only be a small amount of the actual number present on the islands as they are disturbed as people walk through the grass or paddocks so the rest of the undisturbed island could hold 1,000s.

An evening visit produced a Painted Lady butterfly and news from the east coast is that an influx may be underway of this incredible long distance migrant.  

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