East wind brings in the butterflies

A light east breeze in the morning freshened during the afternoon.

South shore
Ocean Edge foreshore and saltmarsh (MD)
Wheatear 1 female/immature on foreshore
The gull roost on the mud out from the saltmarsh was much smaller today. They don't seem to like it when  the mud's wet. Whether that is because they "know" it's wet because the previous tide covered it, and they will have to quickly move on again, or perhaps they just prefer it dry so they can sit on the mud. Either way only c50 gulls were there today and all were stood.
Mediterranean gull 2 adult one with the roosting flock one flew over towards Potts Corner.
Whimbrel 1 calling from saltmarsh 

It was obvious that there had already been an influx of butterflies, the saltmash was awash with:
Small White 20+
Large White 1
Meadow Brown 3
Gatekeeper 2
Peacock 1

Red Nab to Lighthouse (Janet)
Rock Pipits 3 on Red Nab one near the lighthouse 
Lighthouse Rock Pipit. The ringed male has not been seen for a couple of weeks.
One of the Red Nab Rock Pipits

A selection of gulls taking advantage of the freshwater culvert.

Looks like this young Herring Gull has already had its bath.
Not done anything to improve its looks, but I suppose the same
can be said  for all of us as we cope with the heat.

Oystercatcher and Redshank on Red Nab

One of the many Small White seen everywhere this morning

Wooden jetty area in afternoon when tide was out (MD)
At 14:30 there was an average 5 butterflies a minute coming in off the sea. The ratio was 4 Small White plus another, mainly Small Tortoiseshell but occasionally Red Admiral, Peacock and Comma.
A walk along the strip of scrub between the waterfall and lighthouse there were 
Small White 27
Small Tortoiseshell 6
Red Admiral 2
Peacock 2
Gatekeeper 2
Meadow Brown 3
I did this stretch several times all with similar number albeit different insects.
On the scrub at the very end of Power Station there were
Common Blue 20+
Gatekeeper 2
Meadow Brown 5
These three species were probably mainly resident while the others were definitely passing through.
This very pale Comma didn't even make it up the sloping wall without stopping for a rest.
Comma butterfly resting on sloping sea wall after flying in off the sea.

This Red Admiral was in an even worse state, not only were the ends of its wings worn away, but it must have had a drink of nectar and it couldn't re-coil its proboscis.