Thursday, 28 September 2017

28th September 2017

Weather: W force 2, sunny and warm

A beautiful day on the island weather wise.  However, there were no Chiffchaffs this morning but still 5 Goldcrests in the gardens and 5 Wheatears on the island. 

Overhead passage was quite good with 100 or so Meadow Pipits, 15 Swallows and 6 Skylarks going through, also 9 Goldcrests and a Siskin.

Just the two Brent have arrived at the moment with 2 Wigeon visiting today. A sea watch produced 2 Gannets and 7 Guillemots with 3,000 Common Scoter out towards the wind farms while terns were represented by 10 late Sandwich Terns, with an adult and young bird roosting the tide at the north end.

A Greenshank was on the shore with the 93 Redshank counted; other waders included 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Grey Plover and 21 Ringed Plovers. Five Rock Pipits were more than of late, but 5 Little Egrets is about normal these days.

An immature Peregrine was seen, presumably the same bird that has been hanging around the island lately and frequently sitting on the mast.

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