Thursday, 27 August 2009

27th August 2009

Four Wheatears (left) were on the main island today, but they all managed to avoid the potter traps and a single Willow Warbler (right) was seen feeding in the alders in the 'heli' garden. Thirty Swallows and 7 House Martins went through during the morning, but one had to look to the shore for any further interest although only 12 Sandwich Terns could be found before the tide. Waders seen at low tide included 700 Dunlin, 65 Ringed Plovers, 3 Whimbrel and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits. A Peregrine sat on the sand east of the island and a Kestrel rested near the west side path (below).
No great numbers of butterflies although the species list was quite long and featured such items as Common Blue (below), Small Copper, Grayling, Wall Brown, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, also the more widespread Small White and Green-veined White.

No birds ringed today.
(DB,JE,CJ,AW+5, & later NDW,DCT,PT +1) photos CJ

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