Tuesday, 18 November 2014

18th November 2014

 Weather: no wind initially, later E 2/3, mist around the coast, mild
It felt like late summer rather than late autumn this morning, and a couple of Red Admiral butterflies arrived to support the deception. The birds however were indeed 'right' for the season with groups of 3,10 and 6 Lapwings hanging about the ridge south of Middle and then over the main island, also Starlings in small parties totalling about 60 and a Raven flying over Little Eye and later seen grappling with a Peregrine over the shore. A few new Blackbirds were in but just a single Redwing which frustratingly landed at the mouth of the 'heli' trap but then flew off south without further ado. A male Goldcrest in the paddocks early on was the sole small migrant. The Brent could not be counted, but 560 Shelduck at Tanskey rocks was notable, the only other wildfowl today were a flock of 4 Wigeon. Purple Sandpipers (above) are up to 8 in number, and other waders today were 3,700 Knot and 22 Bar-tailed Godwits. Eight Little Egrets outnumbered Grey Herons (3), illustrating how times have changed in just a few years. The sea was extremely quiet, even in such good viewing conditions, the best was a single Gannet and 2 Red-throated Divers. Two Rock Pipits flew together from the south end and settled at their favourite feeding place at the north end.
Ringed:  1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird        [ 940-38 ]
(DB,AEH,CJ,KMc+SD)          photos AEH

Monday, 17 November 2014

17th November 2014

Weather: NE force 4/5
A quick check on the island confirmed all was quiet, flocks noted were 400 Shelduck at tanskeys, 3,000 Dunlin moving over the east hoyle, 7,000 Oystercatchers and 5 Grey Plover.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

16th November 2014

Weather NE force 1
Another very brief visit found 5 Blackbirds on the island (one on Middle), plus a Song Thrush and 8 Wrens and a Rock Pipit (also on Middle)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

15th November 2014

Weather: SE force 2
A very brief visit produced little of note, the best sighting of the day by far was made from the mainland when a Great White Egret was seen flying from Red Rocks to Middle Eye in the morning (MGT)

Friday, 14 November 2014

14th November 2014

Weather: SSE force 5, torrential rain early, no wind by noon
Driving rain in the morning prevented any chance of bird movements and observations were therefore confined mostly to the waders around the estuary. The north shore held 300 Sanderling and 120 Bar-tailed Godwits, and around the island were 65 Redshank, 35 Ringed Plover and 4 Little Egrets. Male and female Wigeon settled on the whaleback while flying were flocks of 21 and 12 Shelduck.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

13th November 2014

Weather: SE force 4/5, later 6/7
News was received today from Stapley gardens rehabilitation centre regarding the Pomarine Skua taken into care (see 7th Nov), sadly it died at the centre and an autopsy revealed it had been suffering from a fungal infection of the lungs, and no amount of care could have prevented this. The obs staff were commended on all that they did on it's behalf since it was found to give it the best chance. The Brent Geese are now up to 140 strong, today they were at the north end. A flock of 150 Starlings flew west and 60 Bar-tailed Godwits were on the north shore, otherwise very little else this morning.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12th November 2014

Weather: SE force 2/3
Another new high for the Brent Geese today when 131 were counted. Three Wigeon were logged and on the flood tide the east hoyle held 200+ Grey Plover and 4,500 Dunlin. Starlings continue to trickle through with 14 seen today.