Saturday 8 September 2012

8th September 2012


Pale-bellied Brent on tide-line

The 2 early arrival Pale-bellied Brent seen intermittingly over the last week or so were out by the east hoyle tide edge at low tide this morning before later flying south. A Yellow-legged Gull was also on the east hoyle where it sat preening for a short while as 9 Bar-tailed Godwits were counted feeding close by. Two Chiffchaffs were around briefly before moving on, while a single Wheatear was on Middle early and another was on the main island all morning. A Grey Wagtail flying north gave a touch of late autumn and 2 Pied wagtails were seen several times. Hirundines today were mostly Swallows, over 20 by midday, but a small flock of 6 house Martins fed high over the obs late morning. A Peregrine gave a fine display chasing a pigeon but did not seem to be sucessful as it spent a lot of time sitting on the east hoyle sand bank or flushing the terns. An RSPB/Rangers group visited the observatory and were given a talk by PSW.   Ringed :- 1 Wren         [ 943-29 ]

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