Saturday 11 June 2011

11th June 2011

Best bird of the day was an immature male Eider that was found as the tide receded to the east of the island and stayed in the area for most of the morning. Thirty five Kittiwakes were an unusual site at this time of year as they fed fairly closely off the north end on the ebb, more distant were 3 Gannets and 25 Common Terns, while the only 2 Sandwich Terns seen were passing west in front of the island. Heavy rain showers failed to produce any influx of birds and most of the activity took place amongst the breeding species. Wading birds are now as expected at their lowest numbers present during the year, 75 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers and 90 Oystercatchers are all that could be found. Two Little Egrets fed with the 3 Grey Herons in the east gutter. No sign of any rabbits today, although even the most sceptical members who had still not seen the mythical beast on the island will now have to believe after yesterdays photos ! (CJ,NDW,TGW,SRW,PSW+4) photo CJ

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