Sunday, 28 May 2017
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Friday, 26 May 2017
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The fog in the estuary early on soon cleared leaving a loving day to be on the island. The breeding Linnets now have many youngsters busily fluttering about the paddocks and 11 juveniles and an adult were ringed today (and there's more on the way - see below).
A late migrant Chiffchaff was singing but was particularly elusive, unlike the Shorelark which was showing well again as usual in its favoured places although could not be found in the evening in a brief search.
A single Wheatear was on the west side, this species has been unusually scarce this spring.
A Fulmar paid a brief visit to examine the cliffs of Middle Eye and 2 Collared Doves stayed a few minutes around the buildings, while passing through were 4 House Martins, some mixing with the Swallows before they moved on and a group of 4 Swifts speeding to the south.
A Whimbrel was present, also a few Sanderling with the 150 or so Dunlin around the shore and 4 Bar-tailed Godwit rested briefly at the Middle Eye high tide roost.
There were not many butterflies considering the fine weather, but a few Green-veined Whites, two Red Admirals and a Painted Lady brightened the scene.
Ringed: 12 Linnets, 1 Meadow Pipit
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Another very quiet day with the only passage birds on the island being two Wheatear which spent the day on the west side, and the Shorelark which remained for its tenth day.
Fifty Ringed Plover flew along the reef as one observer approached Middle before tide, a Grey Heron looked as if it had roosted overnight on the East side of Middle and five Shelduck were present in the gutter.
Sandwich Terns on the West Hoyle numbered c300. Also of note were 2 Whimbrel, a Grey Plover and 120 Dunlin.
Monday, 22 May 2017
A similar day to yesterday bird wise, the only warblers being two Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler, also a Wheatear down the west side and four House Martins passing through with a few Swallows.
The Shorelark survived the ordeal by visitor invasion in the sunshine of yesterday afternoon and was happily feeding again in its favoured spots.
Also of note today were 120 Sandwich Terns and 50 Sanderling on the north shore tide edge; other waders seen included over 100 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover, two Grey Plover and a single Bar-tailed Godwit.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
A small improvement on previous days with a couple of Whitethroats and a Willow Warbler present, one of the Whitethroats becoming the first bird ringed since 16th, together with a newly fledged juvenile Linnet. Three Wheatears were down the west side and passing through were 5 Swifts, 5 House Martins, 7 Swallows, also a Siskin, and a White Wagtail.
The Shorelark was finding undisturbed feeding difficult amongst the many visitors today, it remains to be seen if it is still here tomorrow.
Little sea watching took place over the early tide, just a Gannet and 3 Sandwich terns and a single Common Tern were logged. Among the moths found in the moth trap this morning was a Bright-line Brown-eye, a Treble lines, 4 Marbled Coronet, Netted Pug and a Clouded Bordered Brindle.