Tuesday 26 June 2012

26th June 2012

It seemed more like March today with such species as Greylag Geese (8), Magpie Right), Woodpigeon, Goldfinch (2), (below right) and House Sparrow (left) present on the island, although a small passage of 12 Swifts proved it was actually summer. The recent run of many Little Egrets continued with 7 in the east gutter at the same time. A female Peregrine flew south from Middle island (below). A quiet sea produced a single Gannet and 15 Sandwich Terns.
Ringed :- 1 Linnet 

(DB,CJ)        [677-29]     photos CJ

Monday 25 June 2012

Brief highlights 3rd to 25th June 2012

3rd June:- 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 2 Swifts trying to roost on the west cliff, a Greenland Wheatear appearing after some rain. ( PSW,SRW,TGW,CJW)
4th June:-  7 Canada Geese, 16 Swallows, 6 House Martins. (DB, KM +2,SRW,CLW,TGW,CJW,GIW)
5th June:-  1 Spotted Flycatcher (ringed), 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whimbrel. (JE,NDW,SRW,PSW,TGW,CJW)
6th June:-   6 Common Frogs, 1 yellow-tail caterpillar (DB)
7th June:-  20 Gannets, 1 Whimbrel. (DB)
8th June:-  20 Gannets, 15 Manx Shearwaters. (DB)
9th June:-  10 Knot (1 summer plumage) (DB+ESCA)
10th June:- 10 Canada Geese flying south west, 8 Greylags (7+1), 280 Sandwich Terns, 120 Common Terns, 10 Gannets, 5 Little Egrets flying south west plus 7 on the east hoyle bank. (DB+ESCA,JE,PSW,SRW,TGW, CJW)
11th June:-  130 Gannets (north end), 150 Common Tern, 40 Sandwich Tern. (DB, et al)
12th June:-  300 Sandwich Tern, 35 Common Tern, 50 Gannet. (BSB,DB)
13th June:-  4 Egyptian Geese flying along the edge of the east hoyle, previously seen at Burton Mere Wetlands, 1 female Eider, 4 Little Egrets, 200 Common Tern, 100 Sandwich Tern, 70 Gannet. (DB)
14th June:- 1 Yellow Wagtail, blue headed type at the north end, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 350 Common Terns flying south west, 50 Gannets, 14 Swifts, 7 Little Egrets.(DB)
15th June:-  280 Common Terns,50 Sandwich Terns, 50 Gannets, 1 House Martin, 4 Swallows, 4 Swifts.(DB)
16th June:-  2 Gannets, 2 Fulmars in an evening gale with squalls.(DB)
17th June:-  1 Storn Petrel, 2 hours after the ebb tide, 15 Common Scoter,10 Gannets, 1 Guillemot, 4 Great Crested Grebes. 1 Rabbit. (DB+ESCA)
18th June:-  1 phylloscopus warbler seen briefly, (BSB,BD)
19th June:-   1 very late Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Little Egrets.(DB)
20th June:-  1 Magpie, 180 Knot at the north end, 15 Swift, 10 Swallows. (BSB,DB)
21st June:-  15 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Gannets, 4 Little Egrets, 12 Common Scoter, 90 Knot, 16 Curlew.(DB)
22nd June:- (gale force 8/9) 81 Manx Shearwaters,45 Gannets,130 Common Terns, 7 Sandwich Terns, 4 adult Kittiwakes.(DB)
23rd June:- (wind south west force 4 following gales yesterday) 1 sub-adult Pomarine Skua, 5 Arctic Skuas,3 Arctic Terns, 425 gannets, 76 Manx Shearwaters, 6 adult Kittiwakes,13 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Razorbills, 250 Common Terns, 115 Sandwich Terns.(PSW,SRW,TGW)

Saturday 2 June 2012

2nd June 2012

The weather was ideal for migrants this morning if it had been early May rather than June, but all that was found in the trapping area was a Chiffchaff. With Paddyfield (2009) and Blyths Reed Warbler (2011) both being found in the first week of June, a big rare one is still hoped for even though the spring proper is now over. Two drake Eiders were on the west side for a few hours (right), and there were flypasts of 4 Greylags south down the east side and 5 Canada Geese also south by Little Eye. Four Swallows fed around the island, and passing through were 3 House Martins and groups of 2 then 5 Swifts. A single Whimbrel was on the shore.
Ringed:- 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Linnets
(CJ,CLW,CJW,GIW,TGW,SRW)          [ 671-29 ]       photo CJ   

Friday 1 June 2012

Records from 29th May to 1st June 2012

1st June : - 15 Swallows, 35 Sandwich Terns, 12 Common Terns, the Rabbit and signs of a Red fox.
(DB,AEH, et al)
31st May :- in constant rain 15 Swallows, 10 Ringed Plover and 7 Grey Plovers in summer plmage at Little Eye.
30th May :- A Goldcrest and Chiffchaff, 3 Sand Martins, 10 Swallows, 1 Swift, 27 Great Crested Grebes and 30 Common Terns near Tanskey rocks, 15 Sandwich Terns, a Little Egret, 17 Canada Geese over the east hoyle, and a Fulmar prospecting the island.
29th May:- a male Goosander flying north east, 40 Swallows, 7 House Martins and 13 Sand Martins.