Tuesday, 3 June 2014

3rd June 2014

Weather:  NW 3, 7/8 cloud, v good visibilty

Lesser Black-backed Gull numbers have increased with at least 60 counted today and other gulls included a single Black-headed Gull as well as the re-appearance of the rather tame Kittiwake at the North End.

Migrant waders were still in evidence with 4 Whimbrel, a single Curlew and 5 summer plumaged Sanderling on the tide edge.

A single Peregrine hunted the islands and Oystercatcher numbers remained fairly high for this time of year with 2,300 counted.

The only migrant passerines of note were a couple of late Greenland Wheatears feeding around Wheatear Hill most of the day.

The birding highlight of the day was an excellent count of 17 Little Egrets on the ebb tide, however, on the mammal front 378 Grey Seals was a good count and insects featured again with the second record for the island of a Wasp Beetle in the Obs garden.


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