|Whinchat (SRW), top left (CJ)|
Star bird of the day however was a Whinchat that was seen early and after disappearing for a while returned to be caught and ringed, a few are seen on the islands most years, but they do not always appear on the ringing list. Non-passerine visitors today included a Collared Dove, a Greenshank calling between the islands, 2 Black-tailed Godwits flying at the north end and a Teal heading towards the north shore.The Shag was still present off the east side, also a Whimbrel in the same area. A real surprise was a Fox that was glimpsed near the top paddock, it seemed to be a young animal. It has been noted before that Foxes can be extremely secretive and be present on a such a small island without being noticed even when the obs members cover the entire island in search of birds. After the top paddock grass was cut today by the ranger service a young Short-tailed Field Vole was showing well eating the freshly cut grass, below (SRW).
Ringed:- 5 Willow Warblers, 2 Meadow Pipits, 1 Whinchat, 1 Greenland Wheatear, 1 Swallow, 1 Robin
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