Sunday, 14 September 2014

14th September 2014

Weather:  E 2, 8/8 cloud, 5 miles vis, mist around estuary

Despite the favourable winds there were few migrants around with only a couple of Goldcrests on the island at first light. Just before high tide however a Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler dropped in and the Chiffchaff was caught in the Old Obs mistnet.

Good numbers of waders roosted around the island with the Turnstones preferring the ledges on the west side cliffs out of the easterly wind. They were joined by a few Dunlin and Ringed Plover whilst the main wader roost on Middle Eye held the usual of Oystercatchers but included Knot and two Whimbrel.  However, two Snipe were a nice record.

Invertebrates included a female Southern hawker Dragonfly caught in the SK Heligoland and released, after giving the ringer a nip, and four Red Admiral butterflies.

Linnets numbered 52 birds which is noteworthy in recent times.

Ringed Plover - on West Side (PSW)
Dunlin - West Side out of the easterly wind (PSW)
Whimbrel (centre with Redshanks and Oystercatchers) - one of two seen today (PSW)
Oystercatchers (PSW)
Ringing: Chifchaff, Linnet

(DB&ESCA, PSW later) [785-35]

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