A check of the island mid-morning just before the rain arrived found a Short-eared Owl flying around the west side and then moving towards the north end,(below) where it landed in the bracken before finally flying high off to the north east.
Equally impressive for the observers were a pair of Peregrines calling whilst displaying over the island for some ten minutes (below).
Sadly the run of successive days with thrush movements came to an end and only a single Blackbird could be found, likewise small migrants were equally missing with no Goldcrests present and the sole finch being a Goldfinch perched in one of the gardens (above).
Counts today included 118 Brent Geese, 120 Turnstones and 2 Purple Sandpipers. An interesting Oystercatcher with a colour ring was at the north, but on this occasion we were unable to read the ring (right).
(AEH, CJ, CJW) photos CJ
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