Thursday, May 28, 2009

27th May,2009.

A summary really of what has been a very busy three days! Birds aplenty, not many moths and decidedly mixed weather. Across on Jura the sun shone and yet, reports came of showers, even hail, tracking in and giving people a real wetting.

High on the eastern coast the woods were alive with birds and included a good show of warblers ( Blackcap,Garden Warbler,Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler,Willow Warbler, Wood Warbler and Chiffchaff ). A few surprises in the form of two lots of Canada Geese were present!! Sadly no Tree pipit were recorded which is a worry as this species seems to be reducing as each year goes by!!

Over the summer and autumn I shall be spending quite a time on Jura doing recording work. The British Entomological and Natural History Society ( from their Maitland Emmett Research Fund ) have provided grant aid to cover the costs of my travel and remaining on Jura whilst undertaking moth recording. Whilst some work has been carried out there are parts that are a little bit "out of the way" and worth concentrating on. The amount of material from previously is not large, at least that I've been able to find, and this is an opportunity to improve on all of that. At some point during the winter I will provide a summary of what , hopefully, will be quite an extensive set of records that might even include a surprise or two!!

Having just picked up on the news of the tens of thousands of Painted Lady butterflies that moved north along the east coast of England recently, particularly Norfolk, I can report not a one was seen on Jura!!! A further report from someone who had been in Morocco previous to the above event advised that a mass migration northwards of the species was taking place there, with 000's being killed on the highway by traffic!!

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