Weather: E force 2
Another calm and fine morning with wall to wall sunshine. As expected this time of year, no great exciting finds but a few small highlights. Most unexpected of all was a Greenshank calling as it flew high overhead, although an occassional passage migrant in spring it is usually an early autumn bird. A single Skylark also called overhead. No Eiders were initially seen but just as we wondered if they had finally departed, 6 turned up on the approaching tide.
Other wildfowl were 4 drake Mallards roaming about and a female close by.
At least 3 Turnstones are still here including one in summer plumage.As the tide approached several groups of Sanderling again flew west to east passed the north end where the limited number of the Oystercatchers that decided to stay with us are able to be seen.
Nine Gannets sat on the sea to the west and 3 Little Terns were logged in addition to 60 Sandwich and 70 Common Terns. The Linnets seem to have gone a little quiet this morning but we know there are very many on the island this year.
The pair of Pied Wagtails near the north end were still hanging about the area.
In the paddocks the Blackthorn is now extensive, but a small portion is enhanced by some Honeysuckle.