Saturday, 20 August 2011

20th August 2011

A very pleasant morning greeted observers who were staying on the island and visiting for the morning. The light south westerly breeze however did little to encourage migration. A Robin was trapped in the SK where a Vapourer Moth was also seen. As the morning sun rose a Wheatear appeared on 'Wheatear Hill' and was promptly caught in one of the earlier placed potter traps; a superb adult male nominate race bird. A Whitethroat in the trapping area was less accommodating, disappearing into a bramble bush and not seen again.

A Greenshank was heard and later seen in the gutter and other waders were in evidence with 8 Whimbrel, 300 Dunlin and 65 Ringed Plover counted. As the tide flooded terns built up on the East Hoyle sandbank mainly Sandwich (c300 still) and Common (c125) but four Little spent some time feeding the flood before resting on the beach.

On the ebb the tide edge was awash with birds mainly Knot, Dunlin, Oystercatchers, Black-headed Gulls and hundreds of terns including 41 Little Terns merrily buzzing about a small tidal inlet.

(DB, CLW, SRW, TGW, CJW (f), GIW) [714-42]

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