Friday, 11 September 2015

11th September 2015

Weather: SE force 2/3, later 4/5
Early in the morning a Greenshank flew in off the sea at the north end and stayed a while and fed in the east gutter at the same time as 3 Teal were in the vicinity, shortly afterwards another Teal flew south with 5 Wigeon for company.

Already on the island from an overnight arrival were 6 Goldcrests, a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler, which were then joined briefly by three Collared Doves. Notable this morning was a mixed flock of about 50 Swallows and House Martins, avidly feeding over the top of the island as they passed south.

A Tree Pipit called overhead, as did 3 Grey Wagtails, and mid-morning a Whinchat arrived in the SK paddock area, but rapidly worked its way south, and showing just once more before apparently disappearing.

Five Gannets were just about the sum total of sea birds logged, while shore birds included 3 Whimbrel, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 35 Ringed Plover and 120 Dunlin.

The male kestrel that has been about for a couple of days was today seen from photographs to be ringed. A juvenile Red Fox was at the north end this morning and the ubiquitous rabbit also put in an appearance. Later 2 Ravens flew east to the shore.

The Heteropelma amictum, a nice-looking ichneumonid (see below) was found in the trapping area this afternoon.  It is an anomalonine (i.e. subfamily Anomaloninae) which parasitises caterpillars.

Ringed: 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Goldcrest               [ 386-34 ] 

(DB,CJ,BT,NDW, et al) Photos BT et al

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