A light south westerly this morning but with full cloud cover and pleasantly warm. A Common Sandpiper was seen in flight at the north end at 08.30hrs but could not be relocated during the morning despite searching all the shore. Competing for bird of the day was a young Whitethroat seen around the east side cliff fences (above), possibly the same bird as recorded on the island last Tuesday.
Fourteen Gannets (above) were distant and seemed to be all immature types, while the first young Sandwich Tern was with a parent on the shore to the south of Middle (above). Sandwich terns were the only terns about today and even they only numbered 4.
Other birds noted today were a group of 6 Pied Wagtails including juveniles, 4 Redshank, a Whimbrel and a Little Egret. A group of 6 Swifts flew south at 11.30hrs after 2 Swallows had crossed the island earlier.
The Meadow Pipit nest featured previously (see 25th June) now has young (right).
(CJ) photos CJ