Tuesday, 21 August 2012

21st August 2012



Grey Plover

Very few grounded migrants today but a total of three Willow Warblers were logged with two being ringed. Star bird was a Great White Egret picked up from the north end flying behind Middle Eye and followed through binoculars all the way across to the Welsh side of the estuary. A good passage of Swallows was noted along with a single House Martin. Besides the ubiquitous Oystercatchers there were a few other waders around with small parties of Dunlin & Ringed Plover feeding along the gutter. The first Grey Plover of the 'autumn' was found in the gutter looking resplendent in full summer plumage. Terns were suprsingly scarce but a quick scan of the West Hoyle Bank revealed they were all roosting there rather than on the East Hoyle. Just as Obs members were about to leave a juvenile Whinchat made an appearance by the pond but then moved to the bracken of the south end.
Ringed: 2 Willow Warblers        [ 922-29 ]
(DB, PSW)       photos  PSW

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