Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Stuck in the middle

The last two days have been alittle unsettled with sun, cloud, rain, wind, poor vivibility and almost every wind direction without North in it. Basically we’re stuck in the middle of a load of ‘proper random’ weather!

This predictably has meant that most stuff has swaggered off southwards (presumably) leaving us with a few Wheatear and Willow Warbler while Swallows carry on dribbling through.

Waders are still dominating with Dunlin, Purple Sand, Common Sand, Bar-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel being the highlights. Other ‘big stuff’ is about with 2 Bonxies pounding low over Inner Farne while an Arctic pranced around offshore.

Insects have also been sparse (perhaps demonstrating how reliant the Farnes is on dispersers/migrants from further afield). However Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Small White are all still pretty numerous.

Work on the islands habitat is ongoing with lots of muddy edged, semi-vegetated pools ready for common, scarce and rares of all shapes and sizes. No photos today really so here’s a picture of the moth trap in action…

Fingers crossed for tomorrow!

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