Saturday 25 May 2013

25th May 2013

Weather: no wind first thing before picking up slightly from NNW over the tide, no cloud, wall to wall sunshine!

A glorious day on the island which at times felt more like the Med than the Irish Sea but birds were fairly thin on the ground. Single Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Chiffchaff appeared with the Sedge Warbler being caught and ringed.

The high tide and very few grockles (visitors to the island) meant that the Dunlin flocks (c3500) managed to spend some time roosting on the North End along with at least 100 Sanderling, which were enjoying the numerous flies around, and 250 Ringed Plover.  The Obs photographers enjoyed the sun, light and the waders (see photo).

A Swallow obligingly flew into the Obs ringing room and was caught by hand and ringed before being released. Today we saw the first 'local' Swallows appearing on the island so perhaps this was one investigating the ringing room!

(BT, LT+2, SRW, TGW) Photos - BT (waders), SRW (others) [470-28]

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