Moth-trapping on the night of 15th/16th brought an interesting array of species, including an L-album Wainscot, two Northern Rustics, Mullein Wave and, surprisingly, a Red Admiral, suggesting that some migrant butterflies are still active at night. Eight Common Dolphins were close in off the South End during the evening of 15th, with a few attendant Gannets and Kittiwakes.
On 16th, both Cuckoos were still around the Millcombe/St John's area. Also in Millcombe were a sub-singing male, possibly territorial, Blackcap, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Chiffchaff gathering nesting material, while a Sedge Warbler was sub-singing at the mouth of 'Smelly Gully'. The Stock Dove was still around the Farm. At Jenny's Cove there were not many Puffins to be seen on either land or water, but two Swallows whipped through, showing that some migrants are still heading north, while others, such as non-/failed breeding waders, will be heading back south any day... A few 'record shots' follow below.
Tim Davis & Tim Jones
|Rose-coloured and Common Starlings on top of Church at sunset|
|Cuckoo at St John's Valley crossroads|
|Grey Heron at Quarry Pond|
|Mallard with brood near helipad|
|Stock Dove in Tillage Field|