4th June

It was no surprise at all considering the prevailing circumstances that a Rosy Starling again provided the day's rarity interest even if it escaped the attention of birders by dropping in on a member of the public's garden pond at Southwell; a fly-by Iceland Gull at Weston was an unseasonable surprise as was a Black Redstart at Chiswell. New commoner migrants consisted of  no more than a trickle of arriving Swifts overhead, 7 Sanderling through at the Bill and 2 Chiffchaffs there. The first pulse of Manx Shearwaters for a while totalled 200 off the Bill where 2 Canada Geese and a Great Skua also passed by.

The Rosy Starling was an exciting garden visitor for a fortunate home-owner at Southwell © Mr Mackey:

Birds might have been hard to come by in today's lovely conditions but there are always moth opportunities at this time of year. The tiny Cocksfoot Moth Glyphipterix simpliciella is super-abundant right now, particularly on buttercups - there are often a dozen or more per buttercup flower if you get down on your hands and knees and have a look © Joe Stockwell:

The Vine Moth Eupoecilia ambiguella has become an increasingly familar sight these days - formerly a scarce immigrant, it seems to have colonised parts of the island and is now not only a regular moth-trap visitor but is also chivvied out of cover quite often by day © Martin Cade: