2nd June

Today's mainly overcast skies looked a little more promising from the migrant point of view and pretty thorough coverage of the Bill area eventually came up with a reasonable return. An early morning report from a visitor of a Red-footed Falcon flying over Southwell would have constituted a nice highlight but it couldn't be found again so perhaps won't be adjudged to be completely clinched. A Turtle Dove was the pick of the other new arrivals, with at least 4 new Chiffchaffs, a new Whitethroat and singles of Redstart and Black Redstart making up the rest of the tally; elsewhere a Willow Warbler was fresh in at Blacknor. A few odds and ends on the sea included 50 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Common Scoter, a Great Skua and a Sandwich Tern through off the Bill.

Immigrant moth numbers and quality have slowly declined through the week, with just 9 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Silver Y and singles of Diamond-back Moth, Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Orange Footman, Delicate and Small Mottled Willow caught overnight at the Obs.

A few random images from today's wanderings around the island © Emma Cockburn:

...and © Joe Stockwell: