Monday, 29 June 2020

26th-28th June

It would definitely seem that Spring has now finished here and we're into summer, although the bite in the Easterly wind would perhaps suggest otherwise! The prevailing winds for most of this month have done little in the way of brining in Eastern vagrants but I won't sit here and gripe, things could certainly of been a lot worse!
The 26th was by far the busiest day bird wise and by far the nicest weather wise. In fact wall to wall sunshine made for a pleasant days birding and good night for running the obs moth trap. We'll start with moth trap that contained no fewer than four new moths for the year, none of them particularly exciting. 
The American Golden Plover was still present behind the lighthouse, although a little flightier than the previous evening. 
Golden Plovers have been on the rise, numbers reached 145 on the 28th after posting totals of 77 on the 26th and 128 on the 27th.
Other wader numbers include 11 Knot, 112 Turnstone and single Whimbrels on the 26th and 28th. 
Land bird wise things have been pretty quiet, single Woodpigeons have been about all three days, the lone Siskin was still around the traps on the 26th and 2 Swift were over the obs on the 27th.
Finally 2 Hummingbird Hawkmoths on the 26th were seen flying around the dykes near Torness. 

American Golden Plover                                            GG

Hummingbird Hawkmoth                                        GG


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