The first day of Meteorological Summer apparently. You could have fooled me. Another cold, damp and windy day with very little to show for a fair amount of time spent in the field.
'The' first-summer gull was at the Patch again this afternoon and I am now fairly happy that it is a Herring x Glaucous hybrid but watch this space as I will probably have changed my mind again by tomorrow! Two Mediterranean Gulls were also feeding at the Patch.
For a couple of videoclips of the gull click here and here.
There was nothing of note in the bushes.
The weather of late has prevented any attempts at moth trapping but a search around the Observatory and Moat produced 100 Diamond-backed Moths Plutella xylostella in about 20 minutes this afternoon. There appears to have been a massive arrival of this migrant moth across the country in the last few days.
Two Porpoises and two Grey Seals were seen offshore.
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