6th June

Not quite the numbers of the last couple of days but still a decent enough little selection of arrivals today. The Great Spotted Cuckoo as usual spiced up proceedings, with a Nightjar flushed in the Bill Quarry easily taking second place in the quality stakes. More routine fare at the Bill included 4 Reed Warblers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Blackcaps, a Sedge Warbler and a Chiffchaff.

On the insect front Diamond-back Moths remained abundant, with plenty of evidence of an ongoing arrival during daylight hours when numbers increased conspicuously; overnight moth-trap totals included 790 from the 5 traps at the Obs. The Painted Lady total increased to perhaps 50 over the island as a whole, whilst Marmalade Hoverflies were much more evident (including 500 or more in the Obs garden) than they have been in recent days. Quality amongst the immigrant moths remained elusive, with 3 Silver Y and singles of Dark Pine Knot-horn and Cream-bordered Green Pea the only obvious non-residents in the Obs traps.