Thursday, 4 June 2015

4th June 2015

Weather: SE force 1/2, variable during the day, warm sunshine
At last a fine day for late spring/early summer, too late for any real hope of many migrants but welcome nevertheless. Highlight of the day for many was the sight of 5 or so Harbour Porpoises bounding through the waves as they progressed out of the Dee after high tide. The Porpoises can be seen in a short video of the day (Dave Bowman):

Bird highlights were also on the sea when a flock of 10 Eiders were first seen early on flying along the west hoyle bank and then towards and passed the island on the west side (right, AEH). The group later appeared again on the east side where they settled briefly before heading off to the north east. A total of 8 Swifts and 2 House Martins were logged passing through, while the local Swallows continued to feed in the better weather. An interesting observation involved one of the Rock Pipits carrying food and then a faecal sack below the east side. A single female Wheatear stayed around for the duration, possibly the bird that was here a few days ago (below CJ). 
Turnstones (Dave Bowman)

Terns were much in evidence with both Common and Sandwich terns feeding close to the island, unusually the former outnumbering the latter, and a single Little tern seen distantly. There are still 200 Sanderlings (right,AEH), most of which are in summer plumage, also a couple of late Whimbrel and many Dunlin and Ringed Plover hanging about.

Wasp Beetle, Clytus arietis(Dave Bowman)

Some insects seemed to enjoy the better weather, a Four-spotted Chaser was in the main pond, several Peacock and Green-veined White butterflies flew.
Ringed: 1 Linnet       [ 328-33 ]

(AEH,CJ,KMc,AO, plus Dave Bowman and Dave Steel)

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