The heavy cutting gear was moved in today to clear the undergrowth in the traps and the paths through the paddocks, it was heavy going in the warm sunshine but the task was completed in a morning, the trapping area now being ready to receive the autumn migrants. The first two large warblers of the autumn appeared during the day, a Whitethroat and a Blackcap. The obvious build up of the waders continues with 5,500 Dunlin and about 120 Sanderling around the island at high tide(above). It was another good butterfly day with many species on show including Peacock, Red Admiral, Grayling, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small White and Green veined White.
Ringed : 2 Linnets, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Dunnock, 1 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat. [502-30]
(DB,CJ,CJW+PLN) photos CJ