Southbound passage continues to gain pace

30th June 2011 – bright and sunny W2
A feeding group of 5 Arctic Tern and 2 Little Tern were the best that the sea could muster early morning.
Grounded Migrants
An increase in grounded birds was evident with 14 Willow Warbler (including the first juvenile), 2 Redstart and single Chiffchaff and Spotted Flycatcher logged. These numbers would generally be associated with the end of July rather than the end of June!
The month saw 112 birds of 15 species ringed - an excellent total for June. Individual species totals were as follows: Greenfinch (21), Linnet (16), Willow Warbler (15), Goldfinch (12), House Sparrow (12), Dunnock (9), Swallow (6), Sedge Warbler (4), Chaffinch (4), Starling (4), Reed Bunting (4), Redstart (2), Blackcap (1), Whitethroat (1) and Cuckoo (1).
No obvious migrants were attracted to the moth traps overnight, however, a Double Line was the first island record of what is considered a declining species that is locally distributed in south-western England, Wales and parts of south-east England. In addition, Common Footman, Grass Emerald, Broom Moth and Plain Golden Y were all new for the year.
Double Line.