Friday, 17 July 2015

17th July 2015

Weather: SW force 5
A Black Redstart was found this morning on the east side, it stayed throughout the day but was quite elusive, staying mostly down the east side cliffs, and not settling in one place for more than a few seconds. A sea watch produced just 49 Common Scoters, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Guillemot and 2 Manx Shearwaters. Thirteen Whimbrel were more than would be expected in July, while 3 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone and 2 Knot (one in summer plumage) could be the start of autumn post breeding movements. The Sandwich Tern roost has increased to 360 birds, plus 25 Common Terns. Ten Swallows and 3 Swifts moving through were the only small migrants. The (same?) Mediterranean Gull was on the east side on the ebb tide.

The most memorable event of the day for a member who was staying the night was the finding of a Red Fox inside the obs during the late evening! It has been known for some time that a Fox or Foxes are present but sightings have been more frequent lately, could it be they are becoming more bold ?
(GB,AEH,CJ,CJW)   photo GB

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