Wednesday 27 July 2011

27th July 2011

A clear sky but a light south easterly overnight produced the first small Willow Warbler fall of the autumn with 10 birds on the island. Once again there was a gathering of juvenile Swallows feeding around the island, about 70 today with at least 40 juveniles on the fences at one stage. A single Wheatear was seen on the west side, but too briefly to establish age or sex. Little Terns showed at last with 8 early and another 5 flying west towards noon. Four Whimbrel are still present but only a single Arctic Skua was noted, again to the east near the Sandwich Tern roost. Two Harbour Porpoises broke surface and were seen by members offshore (right).The moth trap was deployed last night and when examined over 100 moths of 20 species were recognised by a member still learning the skill. It took 3 hours! Ringed:- 3 Willow Warblers, 2 (juvenile) Wrens.
(BSB,DB,CJ, + CJW,PGR at sea) [636-39] photos CJ

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