Monday, 15 September 2014

15th September 2014

Weather: ESE 0-1, backing NE 2-3 by 7am, 8/8 cloud, 6mi vis, light drizzle at 730am

Fifteen Canada Geese were seen over the shore early morning.

However, it was generally another very quiet start to the day with a single Robin caught and ringed and no grounded migrants on the island prior to 8am.  However, a couple of Goldcrests could then be heard around the main island and a single Chiffchaff was calling in the Obs garden before a Willow Warbler found itself in the Old Obs mistnet mid morning.

A single Snipe flew east over the island before another was seen flying up the reef as the tide flooded.

Two Linnet flocks combined over the main island during the afternoon with a count of 68 made; many utilising the wildlife garden pond for a good bathe as usual, perhaps they will pull something else in...

A single Wheatear appeared below the mast as the tide began to flood and remained on the island for the tide and seven Little Egrets were noted.

Over the tide a single Arctic Skua was seen, something of a rarity so far this autumn.

The moth trap was again used overnight and produced mostly lesser yellow underwings but also a few Feathered Ranunculus (see below).

(DB, GB, KMc+SD, NDW et al) [787-35]

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