27th June

Portland Bill
Manx Shearwater 19
Balearic Shearwater 3w
Common Scoter 2e 9w
Arctic Skua 1e
Mediterranean Gull 13
Sandwich Tern 1w
Swift 20
Sand Martin 2s
Grey Wagtail 1
Chiffchaff 1

We're on a roll with the moth-traps, with a second first for the island in two nights. In fairness, the Druid (...what a great vernacular name and so much better than the crappy honorifics dolled out so often these days - what's so clever about setting up a moth-trap, getting a good night's sleep and then just as likely mis-identifying the unfamiliar moth that's been trapped that someone else later tells you is a first for Britain?) had been on the cards for several years: with c20 British records since the first in 2014 we'd been expecting one for quite a while and it was perhaps a surprise that it took as long as it did before ours put in an appearance last night. In repose, this is a moth that looks interesting but maybe nothing too special... 

...however, give it a little poke and the flashing bi-coloured hindwings certainly jazz up its looks...

...and here it is posed with a Four Spotted, our local speciality to which it bears a more than passing resemblance © Martin Cade: