There was a small arrival of migrants today with a Hobby, 23 Swifts, 14 Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler, three Sedge Warblers, a Siskin and the first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. More unusual was a Great White Egret which came in off the sea at the 640Kv Converter Station and six Buzzards which also flew over. The sea was very quiet with what few there were moving west apart from one Arctic Skua.
Butterflies seen today included our first Painted Lady and Small Heath of the year along with six Grizzled Skippers.
The warmer weather also brought a few dragonflies out with first sightings of Red-eyed, Variable, Azure, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies and also a Hairy Dragonfly.
One Geotomus sp shieldbug was found in the Moat along with a single Brassica Bug.
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