Saturday, 15 June 2019

13th - 15th June

A quiet few days for migrants but not for weather as we were treated to the full range of conditions but unfortunately for the breeding birds, a cold easterly bringing long spells of rain dominated the island – many broods of Swallows have unfortunately failed in the unfavourable conditions and several dead chicks of other species have been found, seemingly just victims of the bad weather.

                Birds of note did include the Heron, Whooper Swan and Barnacle Goose lingering, a Manx Shearwater on the 13th, a few odd returning Golden Plovers dotted around, a Black-tailed Godwit on Ancum and 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps on the 15th.   We did though finally get involved in the Painted Lady influx that has been occurring through the country with 50+ seen on the 14th along with a few Red Admirals and buckets of Diamond Back Moths.

These Wrens which nested in the Gretchen hide were sheltered from the worst of the weather

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