Conditions were similar to yesterday with perhaps less breeze, bringing similar birds to the island. Finches were slightly less numerous, about 20 Lesser Redpolls, 10 Goldfinches (left), 4 Siskin and 2 Greenfinches. A good record on the sea was a group of 5 drake Goldeneyes flying west at the north end, but no other significant sighting off the island, although 4 Canada Geese again showed at dawn over the sands. Repeat performances from previous days came from the Merlin (top left), a Wood Pigeon flushed from various places, but no sign today of any Magpies. A first year male Wheatear was ringed today (top right), the first of its kind to show for a few days, and warblers were represented by 6 Chiffchaffs and 5 Goldcrests. Very little else to report migration wise except 3 Pied Wagtails, a Skylark and 5 Starlings, some of which stayed some time around the island (right).
Afternoon sightings include a male and female Peregrine, 8 thousand Knot south of Tanskey,130 Sanderling, 4 Little Egret (3 roosted the tide on Middle), and 4 Peacock butterflies.
Ringed:- 7 Lesser Redpolls, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 1 Wheatear, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Robin, 1 Wren.
(DB,CJ,KMc,PSW) [ 276-19 ] photos CJ, PSW (Wheatear, and Redpolls)
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