Thursday 22 May 2014

22nd May 2014

Weather: NE 2 increasing 4-5 later, cloud 7/8 (8/8 later) rain most of morning, vis poor, clearing mid morning before closing in again in the evening 

Expectation was not high and we weren't disappointed today with rain from early and a moderately brisk north-easterly producing very little during the morning.

However, terns were much in evidence again close in to the island over the early morning tide with good numbers of Common (35) and Sandwich (27) seen particularly well off the North End.  This was repeated on the evening tide but with larger numbers (65 Common and 38 Sandwich) plus 3 Great Crested Grebes still on the sea and 25 Gannets whizzing past the island with a brisk North easterly behind them.

A couple of single Swifts passed over the island during the day along with a single House Martin.  A single Willow Warbler proved elusive in the trapping areas as did a male Wheatear that appeared down the west side late afternoon. There was no ringing activity today.

(PSW et al (from over)) [570-33]

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