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Friday 1 June 2018

1st June – Plenty of late migrants still in evidence

The plateau was blanketed in sea fog for much of the day, which restricted birding to the sidings and shoreline, though a clearance eventually arrived during the afternoon.

Good numbers of Spotted Flycatchers were still evident with a minimum of six in Millcombe, two in St Helen's Combe and three along the West Side, but quite a few others must have been missed elsewhere. An unusually late male Pied Flycatcher was in Millcombe, along with the female Bullfinch, the Turtle Dove and the singing Reed Warbler and Willow Warbler. A Sedge Warbler also put in an appearance. Other migrants included four singing Blackcaps (two Millcombe, one St Helen's, one Hanmers Copse), four Chiffchaffs (of which three singing – two Millcombe, one at the Rocket Pole), 17 Swallows, three House Martins, two Siskins and a Redpoll.

Migrant lepidoptera included Red Admirals, Painted Ladies, Silver Ys and Diamondback Moths.

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