Wednesday, 4 June 2014

4th June 2014

Weather:  NW 1, 7/8 cloud, good vis

A relatively quiet day on the island, as is expected at this time of year, but breeding behaviour today including a pair of Peregrines seen grappling, locking talons and calling on the East Hoyle sandbank - quite a sight/sound.

The good visibility enabled 4,000 Herring Gulls to be counted and continued the mid-summer presence of large numbers of gulls in the mouth of the estuary.

Two Greenland Wheatears were present again and a single Collared Dove represented the migrant species and a juvenile Blackbird was noted, which was a pleasing sight after one nest was known to have failed earlier in the spring.

Yellow-tail moth caterpillars were observed devouring the shrubs "all over the island" today.


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