Sunday, 11 August 2019

11th August 2019

Weather:NNW force 3/4  Rain early
A Mediterranean Gull was still present to the east of the island. Other records included 2,500 Oystercatchers, 400 Dunlin, 65 Ringed Plover, 58 Turnstone, 20 Redshank, 29 Curlew and 6 Whimbrel. On the sea were 24 Common Scoter, 2 Guillemot and a Great Crested Grebe with 2 Arctic Skuas looking for the terns, among which were 11 Little Terns, while on the shore were 6 Little Egrets and 11 Shelduck. Only 2 Swallows were seen over the island in the generally poor weather.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

10th August 2019

Weather: SW force 4/5     blustery, heavy showers, brief sunny intervals.

Not the best weather today for the annual BBQ, the members (above) and friends spent much of the time indoors but did manage to record a number of good birds including 2 Greenshank in the gutter early on, a brief view of a Ruff, an Arctic Tern on the sand, Common Sandpiper and an adult Mediterranean Gull in the east gutter and then a Black Tern amongst other terns as the tide pushed in.
Previously several Little Terns were fishing the gutter on the ebb tide and close views had been obtained of a couple of Arctic Skuas flying up the Dee and additionally 2 dark and 1 pale phase flying across just south of the main island.
Two Wheatears migrated south along the island ridge in the morning and a Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler were present in the trapping area, while a single Swift went through. Also recorded this morning were 13 Gannets, 5 Little Egrets, 5 Whimbrel and 13 Sanderling.
Ringed: 1 Willow Warbler      [ 604-30 ]
photos CJ, SRW

Friday, 9 August 2019

9th August 2019

Weather:  SE force 5,         rain
A day of showers brought no migrants to the ground, and the best movements were  of a total of 14 Swifts over the island. Six Whimbrel were recorded, also 200 Dunlin and 46 Turnstone.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

8th August 2019

Weather: W force 3, NNW midday, then E 4 later
A day dedicated to finishing off the roof repairs and thankfully it was warm and dry.
Wildlife interest was mostly of the insects, appearing in good numbers because of the improved weather. Two Emperor dragonfly were the most spectacular.
The long list of others included butterflies such as 83 Painted Ladies, 14 Common Blues, 13 Small Whites, 7 Peacocks, 3 Small Coppers and a Gatekeeper, also 10 Large Yellow Underwing and 2 Magpie moths. A Common Whitethroat appeared in the trapping area, but no other warblers showed up.
A Magpie arrived in from the north at 18.00 hrs, while also later in the day 2 Kestrels were present.
Waders and terns were in good numbers; 350 Sandwich and 70 Common Terns, 6 Whimbrel, 224 Curlew, 800 Dunlin and 46 Turnstone. Thirty five Swallows were feeding over the island today.

Ringed: 1 Whitethroat.   [ 603-30 ]
photos CJ,CJW

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

7th August 2019

Weather: WSW force 3    showers
The part of the obs roof that has been badly leaking lately was completely rebuilt today, a difficult task with the wind picking up to force 5 and intermittent heavy showers present.
 However a touch of south in the wind brought 5 Willow Warblers on their return passage, also a single Wheatear. This remarkable Painted Lady year continued with 12 present today. An Emperor dragonfly was around as well as a couple of Magpie moths.
Six Little Terns made for variety amongst the many terns. Ten Whimbrel were logged with 73 Ringed Plover and 350 Dunlin. A dark-phase Arctic Skua was about the shore in the evening.

Ringed: 4 Willow Warblers, 1 Wren.                               [ 602-30 ]
photos PSW

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

6th August 2019

Weather: SW force 3, then WSW 4
Highlight of the day was an Arctic Skua chasing the terns off the north shore.
A single Willow Warbler made it to the island. Waders estimated at high tide were 2,500 Oystercatchers, 600 Dunlin, 280 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel and good numbers of gulls: 350 Black-headed and 620 Herring and 17 Little Terns.
A large number of Linnets (38) and a single Blackbird were noticed on the island. An Emerald damselfly and several Painted Ladies added to the interest.
Ringed: 2 Linnets    [ 597-30 ]
photos AEH

Monday, 5 August 2019

5th August 2019

Weather: WSW force 3
A late evening visit briefly found 55 Ringed Plover, 160 Dunlin and 20 Sandwich Terns.