Tuesday 13 May 2014

13th May 2014

Weather:  NW 2-3, 7/8 cloud, hail shower early on but then clearing

An unpromising day weather-wise turned into rather an eventful one.

A single Willow Warbler was present and was caught and ringed but a Whitethroat was a little more elusive.

The potter traps have been out to good use this spring and produced record numbers of Wheatears caught (over 50) and record numbers of White Wagtails (5) so it was no surprise that they continued with singles of each caught and ringed during the morning.

A little more surprising was that a Ringed Plover took a fancy to the unusually large mealworms and was caught and ringed the first for a few years.

Later as the tide ebbed 6 Little Terns were found feeding in the gutter before they rested up with Sandwich and Common Terns.

4,500 Dunlin were still present around the islands along with 106 Ringed Plover and 15 Whimbrel.

Ringing: G Wheatear, White Wagtail, Ringed Plover, Willow Warbler (2),  

(DB, CCS, SRW) [539-31]

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