Sunday, 28 August 2011

28th August 2011

Afternoons really are the new mornings!

This morning dawned with more blustery north westerlies but heavy rain-showers hampered birding opportunities. Between showers single Robin was heard in the trapping area and 2 Wheatears sheltered on the South End slipway.

Seawatching was equally disappointing although tern numbers remain good.

As the ebb took hold and the morning turned to afternoon things began to change with good numbers of waders (mainly Knot, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and Sanderling) following the tide back.

A late afternoon 'round' of the traps revealed a new Willow Warbler which was a nice surprise but more surprising was a Whinchat which spent a short while on the wire fence near the Newton before disappearing ... perhaps prompted by the appearance of another Sparrowhawk which glided through the trapping area and was later seen on the Obs fence.

Ringed: Willow Warbler, Linnet

(CLW, SRW, TGW, CJW (f), GIW) [739-42]

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