Thursday, 8 October 2015

8th October 2015

Weather: NW force 3, later light air, sunny and warm

Another very pleasant morning, this time with an early tide around the island bringing a new high count of  23 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a flock of 9 Mute Swans flying to the north east.

An amazing 10 Little Egrets were about the ridge south of Middle as the tide ebbed.

Shelduck were counted at 150, and 70 Turnstones were on at high tide. Several Goldcrests were heard early on and more arrived during the morning, totalling about 15 birds, also 2 Chiffchaffs. Bird of the day arrived at about 10.00hrs when a male Stonechat was found sitting on top of the Newton hedge, and then stayed in the area for the next hour or so (below). Two Grey Wagtails came over and a couple of White and Pied Wagtails dropped in briefly, as did 3 Goldfinches and 2 Greenfinches, while 8 single Skylarks called as they passed through. A female Wheatear was on all morning, the first on the main island for some time.

Dunlin waiting between the islands for the tide to ebb (CJ)

Wheatear (CJ)

Linnets bathing in a puddle on the main path (CJ)

The Stonechat was still present on the island this afternoon when emergency services including the air ambulance (which landed on the South beach below the Obs) were called out to a walker who had slipped on the rocks and apparently broken her leg.

Ringed: 7 Goldcrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Robin,                    [ 526-39 ]
(DB, ME, AEH, CJ, CJW, SRW) Photos CJ and SRW

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