Thursday, 21 July 2016

21st July 2016

Weather: W force 1/2

A first summer Mediterrannean Gull was among the 1,000 or so Black-headed Gulls to the east of the island in the evening light and later still the 2 Common Sandpipers seen earlier could be heard calling about the rocks below.
Earlier an immature (or female) Eider was noted on the sea. Good numbers of waders are now appearing including 13 Whimbrel, 12 Sanderling, 19 Redshank, 9 Turnstone and a summer plumage Bar-tailed Godwit. Terns counts today were 71 Little Terns, 850 Sandwich terns, 200 Common Terns, also 2 Arctic Skuas obviously attracted by the number of terns. Seven Little Egrets on the shore was a good count, even for this time of year. The only small migrants were 5 Swifts, 4 Swallows and a single Wheatear. [300-26]
Meditterranean Gull (SRW)
Common Sandpipers (AEH)
Dunlin (AEH)
Swift (AEH)
Rock Sea-lavender (AEH)
Small White butterfly (AEH)
Harebells (AEH)
Ringed: 2 Linnets                                                              [ 300-26 ]

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