2nd June

With the plethora of Acrocephalus warblers arriving in the country, we felt that today surely had to be our day. It certainly was a day filled with Acros as we experienced a passage of Reed Warblers seeing the day total reach 13 birds (the majority of which were singing males and is likely to be an underestimate of the true presence). A couple of nice surprises accompanied the Reed Warbler influx with a pair of Redstarts trapped at the Obs, a persistently calling Bullfinch and two fly-over Spotted Flycatchers. Once again, much of the focus on the sea centred around the gull flock with three Balearic Shearwaters joining the action, along with a selection of Black-headed and Mediterranean Gulls, two Sandwich Terns and a single Puffin.

Today obliged with a good spread of Reed Warblers (there's even a bonus Willow Warbler trying to get in on the act in the background of this one that was in good song in the Obs garden this morning)...

...but two new Redstarts was a bit random - you'd think it was far too late for them to be fresh arrivals in the UK but neither showed any sign of having made a breeding attempt that might have indicated they were actually early leavers © Martin Cade:

Sadly, the best migrant passed us by unseen: this Quail migrating over the Obs just before midnight was picked up on last night's nocmig recording:

The current warm weather has been providing us with plenty of lepidoptera interest. The first Silver-studded Blues of the year were on the wing yesterday © Ken Dolbear...

...whilst amongst the local special moths, Starry Pearl Cynaeda dentalis, is always appreciated when it makes its first appearance of the year © Martin Cade: