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Magpie moth revival.
Sand Martins & Cuckoo's
Pinkfeet migration
Ring Ouzel
Sad awakening.
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Magpie moth revival.

Came across this article which made for interesting if not disturbing reading. http://www.mothscount.org/text/19/moths_in_decline.html
On a more positive note I cannot remember seeing as many Magpie moths on the Island as there is about this year, very encouraging.

Sand Martins & Cuckoo's

The Cuckoo's have returned with a vengeance appears to be more this year than ever! A first for me after 20 years of living on the Island a pair of Sand Martins hunting flies on the Gress River.

Pinkfeet migration

Large skeins of Pinkfeet Geese passing South over the Islands making the most of theses recent North Westerly winds. 

Ring Ouzel

Whilst out taking close up pictures of Red Stags we were suddenly joined by a male Ring Ouzel sat on a rock a few feet away observing us. This is my first sighting of a Ring Ouzel ever. These Islands never cease to amaze me!!

Sad awakening.

A sad start to the day saw me finding a stone dead Juvenile Willow Warbler with wings outstretched in the middle of the Lawn. I can only presume it was a casualty of the local Sparrowhawk that I found it before it had a chance to make off with it! 

Strangers in the night.

Strangers in the Night
 
Hebrides Wildwatch recently took up the offer to join an island based bird ringer on a night time outing to look for Storm Petrels on the North Eastern tip of Lewis. These tiny sea birds which are also known as Mother Carey's Chickens, are strictly pelagic and little is known about there distribution and behaviour while they are at sea. Feeding on plankton, and tiny crustaceans often while hovering at the waters surface, there flight has been described as bat like, but when we watched them they seemed more akin to large moths.

Cuckoo chick

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.506611486078547.1073741830.469769476429415&type=3

How many go unreported?

Eiders, Minke & a Swift.

Had an interesting walk yesterday evening along the coast of Broadbay with Gordon & Jill from Whitby. Highlights include: a raft of 200 + male Eiders, Minke Whale performing ariel acrobatics and a Swift hunting flies on the cliff top!!

Plankton bloom.

1 metre vizability last night whilst diving due to plankton bloom, no wonder there are numerous reports of Basking sharks around the Island.
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