Sunday, 25 August 2019

25th August 2019

Weather:  ESE force 1, slight mist then sunny and warm, wind veering north with heavy sea mist in the afternoon.

A small drift of migrants arrived this morning, chief amongst which was a Spotted Flycatcher around the gardens for a while and a Whinchat which quickly disappeared. A dozen Willow Warblers feeding was the best number for a while.  Three Reed Buntings were noted also a couple of Wheatears, while the Whitethroat that has been here for some time was retrapped. An immature Sparrowhawk was flushed from the wall behind the lookout and was seen a few times in the next hour, the Kestrel was also present. An unusual sight was a flock of 10 Grey Herons flying west, although the 7 Little Egrets is now normal for this time of year.
The tern flock still is numbered in the hundreds, more than 4 out of 5 of them being Sandwich Terns. The lovely weather brought out a massive number of butterflies, many attracted to the Apple Mint where clouds of Painted Ladies, Small Tortoiseshells and Red Admirals made a spectacular sight in such close proximity.
  Also an Emperor Dragonfly and a Wheatear were noted.

Ringed: 5 Willow Warblers [ 619-30 ] Photos SRW,AS

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