Thursday, 3 June 2010

3rd June 2010

A very quiet morning with warm sunshine but very few birds, even Swallows passed only occasionally with 2 Swifts (right), a House Martin and a late Sand Martin. Six Gannets were noted on the sea but terns were distant and difficult to find. Strangest sight off the north end was a small helicopter apparently attempting to land on the old wreck (above).

The pair of Pied Wagtails were flying to and fro to feed their brood of 5 youngsters (above right). As yesterday 3 Little Egrets were present to the east of the island.

With few birds attention turned to the insects, and the first damselflies of the year emerged to dance about the grassy areas in the sun, likewise Silver Y moths were out in numbers. The first dragonfly of the season was a Four-spotted Chaser seen briefly over the north end rocks.
Butterflies today included a Speckled Wood, a Small Copper (above), 2 Small Whites and many Green-veined Whites.
Ringed:- 1 Linnet (female showing brood patch - right).
(DB,JE,CJ,KMc) [296] photos CJ & JE

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