Saturday, 9 April 2011

Stealth Toaster

As the title insinuates the past couple of day’s bright sun have resulted in an April sun burn – not a bad feat, and is symptomatic of the brilliant weather that has graced the Farnes of late.

The visitors continue to arrive and enjoy the ever increasing numbers of seabirds with Razorbills chilling in the sun and Kittiwakes crippling everyone with awesome updraft acrobatics at Lighthouse Cliffs.

The past few days have seen more Swallows, Sand Martins, Finches and Pipits passing overhead. However conditions enhanced movement and therefore didn’t ground many migrants bar the odd Wheatear.

Waders were represented with a Bar-tailed Godwit, Knot and Purple Sand and Sandwich Terns are on the up, nearly 200 in tonight’s roost!

The warm weather also allowed many iverst to become active with Small White and Tortoiseshell both becoming very obvious along with 2 Bumblebee species. While the larva saga 2001 contnues with this prob Common? Rustic larva found on the boardwalk and my previous ID of Ghost Moth larvae being revised to Dark Arches (they look very similar!).

In other news everything was getting (eye)balls deep in some ornithological erotica as Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin and Black-headed Gull were all at it like dirty animals – to the joy of onlookers!

Oh they look so innocent

Lastly, today saw the team split into Brownsman and Inner Farne bases so here’s hoped that improved coverage out east will bring some undiscovered goodies while Inner Farne is primed for rares as always! But until then here’s some awesome Farne related pictoral stuff..

The Pele Tower, completed in 1500 it's my home for the next few months!

Black-headed Gulls back in their colony on Inner Farne

And sunset styles at different times in different places...

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