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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

First returning Chiffchaffs

  Already birds are on the move and not including the 2 resident singing males, there were 4 Chiffchaff being chased around by a family of Great Tit at Porth Hellick. Also an adult Black-headed Gull flew N over the pool.  Yesterday on the other islands, single Common Sandpiper, Wheatear and Redshank were all recorded
   At work, there were 3 Humming-bird Hawkmoth enjoying the afternoon sun on the Star Castle walls

Chiffchaffs already moving through 

A shot of the gardener, Johnny Si, hacking his way through the deep forests in the far east.  

He's actually in the moat that goes around the Star Castle and I demanded him to go and count all the HB Hawkmoths that are feeding down there and as a result, he got lost! 

Popular Hawkmoth (left) and Eyed Hawkmoth, both trapped overnight in Mick's garden 

Celypha lacunana 3
Epiblema uddmanniana 1
Chrysoteuchia culmella 2
Eudonia angustea 1
Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble) 1
Pyrausta cespitalis 1
Apohomia sociella (Bee Moth) 1
Riband Wave 1
Double-striped Pug 1
Brown Silver-lines 1
Early Thorn 1
Eyed Hawk-moth 1
Poplar Hawk-moth 1
White Ermine 2
Turnip Moth 2
Heart and Dart 17
Dark Sword-grass 3
Large Yellow Underwing 4
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
Nutmeg 2
Bright-line Brown-eye 6
Shore Wainscot 1
Marbled Minor agg 40
Common/Lesser Common Rustic 1
Vine's Rustic 2
Mottled Rustic 1
Silver Y 1
Dark Spectacle 0
Spectacle 1
Straw Dot 1
Snout 1

  Overnight, the NW were a little stronger  and as result it wasn't as good as it was last night. However, there were 17 species including another Delicate and 4 Dark Sword Grass.

This Delicate is a lot paler than the one I had the night before 

4 Dark Sword Grass 
1  Knot Grass
1  Smoky Wainscot 
1  Board-bordered White
1  Dark Arches
1  Double-striped Pug 
1  Common Pug
1  Angle Shade 
1  Bramble-shot Moth 
2  Dark Spectacle 
2  Scalloped Hazel
2  Straw Dot 
2  Marbled Minor 
2  Dark Aches 
2  White Ermine 
6  Herat and Dart 
10+  Large-yellow Underwing 

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