Sunday, 15 September 2019

15th September 2019

Weather: WNW   5   decreasing later, rain mid morning.

The first ‘round’ of the island turned up the first Rock Pipit of Autumn at the North End, 10 Black-tailed Godwit on the tide edge and 5 Robin in the gardens. There was a little disappointment that yesterdays  Brent Geese seemed to have moved on, however, a second trip around turned up 3 pale and a dark  bellied.

A sea watch was undertaken for the WEBS count and amongst birds noted were 5 Red-throated Diver, 32 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemot, 13 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Shag. Waders included 7,000 Oystercatcher, 124 Curlew,  500 Knot, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit but just 3 Ringed Plover.
A Wheatear spent the morning around the building site area and 4 Goldcrest called around the island. A good count of 164 Shelduck was made and there were 6 Little Egret present after tide.
The Kestrel is still finding plenty of Short-tailed Field Voles to feed on, see below.  
 photos AS

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