14th June

Once again, the island was seriously deficient in quality birds. The only obvious newcomers at the Bill were 2 Whitethroats and singles of Sand Martin, Whinchat and Willow Warbler; the less said about the contribution from the sea the better.

With a decent cloud cover and the wind having dropped to almost nothing the moth-traps were considerably busier than they have been hitherto this year. Immigrant interest consisted largely of variety rather than numbers although a total of 17 Bordered Straw from five sites was of note, as was the total of 27 Silver Y from one trap at the Grove; another Ni Moth at the Obs and another Dark Pine Knot-horn at Sweethill were the best of the oddities.

Red Admiral and Bee Orchid - Easton and Admiralty Quarry, 14th June 2015 © Ken Dolbear