Wednesday 16 October 2019

16th October 2019

Weather: Wind SE force 3, moving to W & strengthening to force 4-5 mid-morning. Heavy rain early morning but brightening as the day progressed.

Hopes of any grounded migrants were soon dashed, with several rounds of the traps only producing two Robins, both controls, ringed on the island. A Skylark flew over and two Rock Pipits were at the North end.
A brief look a the sea located several small flocks of Scoter, some quite close to the island, with others flying near the wind farm. The Brent Geese were well scattered but 50 were fairly close to the island, with several family parties including many juveniles noted, hopefully representing a good breeding season.
Good numbers of Oystercatcher, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Sanderling fed on the East Hoyle bank as the tide flooded.
A Merlin chased waders between the islands and a Peregrine hung in the air south of Middle as the observers left the island.

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