25 August, 2014


Despite the breezy conditions, a recent flowering of Golden-rod has attracted an impressive number of migrant butterflies to Skokholm. The first Clouded Yellow of the year joined dozens of Painted Ladies and Red Admirals already nectaring on the flowers a couple of days ago, further emphasising the current colour scheme across the island...

Clouded Yellow

Painted Lady

Red Admiral

It's an exciting time of year, with migrant birds also beginning to pass through. The last couple of days have seen Garganey, Osprey, Pied Flycatcher, Yellow Wagtail, Tree Pipit and a Water Rail turn up, and everyone is feeling a sense of anticipation for what could be lurking in the next bush.

This Pied Flycatcher was sheltering on a cliff face below me whilst I watched the last few Puffins enter their burrows with fish. Not a pair that often come into the same binocular view.

No comments: