Friday, 22 May 2015

22nd May 2015

Weather: W 3, 8/8 cloud then clearing during middle of day before clouding over again.

A single Greenland Wheatear graced the island and spent some time bathing on the wildlife pond.

Apart from that migrants were very thin on the ground but three House Martins passed over (two over the North End and one over the Obs).

The flock of Eiders were still present off the North End with seven birds remaining including six drakes in various stages of maturity.

Waders however were still much in evidence with a build of Dunlin again up to high tide with an estimated 2,500 counted along with 45 Sanderling, 85 Ringed Plover and 3 Turnstone as well as four Bar-tailed Godwit (including one in fine summer plumage) and 75 Grey Plover including a flock of 50 also in fine nick resplendent with their black bellies and silver spangled upperparts. 

6 Little Egrets graced the gutter as the tide ebbed and the resident breeding birds took advantage of the slight increase in temperature as it almost felt like May for a while.

The first Common Blue butterfly of the year was noted in the Obs garden today.


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