Tuesday, 27 August 2013

27th August 2013

Weather:  NW light and variable, cloud thinning to give brighter periods at times.

The mood was slightly depressed when the S E wind forecast did not materialise, nevertheless a Whitethroat was new in this morning to be ringed, the third of the autumn with hopefully more to come in the next week or so.

There were no Willow Warblers on the island, the first blank day for a while and no other obvious migrants except for 2 Wheatears and also perhaps for 2 Robins which are quite likely to be birds moving through.

A Peregrine chased some waders at the north end and then spent some time on the rocks on the east side, while a total of 4 Little Egrets were in the flooding gutter. Best sighting of the day by far was of 6 Goosanders swimming in the shallow water of the west hoyle bank, and although distant they were clearly 'redheads' of this species.The Sandwich Tern roost appears to be down to around the 300 mark at the moment.

Ringed: 1 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 2 Robins. [ 542-31 ]

(DB+2,CJ,KMc+SD,CJW,TGW et al ,DCT,PT,NDW)  photo CJ et al

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