Saturday 15 May 2021

15th May 2021

 Weather: ESE force 3/4  rain showers

The day didn’t live up to expectations given the good wind direction and early rain, perhaps there was too much rain. The singing Whitethroat was still entertaining the members.

 A new Willow Warbler appeared and the now usual small number of finches were logged; today 2 Siskin, 4 Redpoll, 2 Goldfinches also a single Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail. The Wheatear stayed around the stone wall near the north end and had previously startled an observer by shooting out of a crevice inside the life boat house wall in front of him where it had presumably roosted. About 30 Swallows passed through, most in the late afternoon. A few of the breeding Linnets were ringed. There was a slight increase in Whimbrel passing through today, 16 in total. A large Peregrine flew down to the island following the flight of a Collared Dove across the obs garden. The Collared Dove was then seen to be covering in a corner of the south slipway, lucky escape! The 2 Eider and 5 Little Egrets were there today, Sandwich Terns still remaining number about 2 dozen and a dozen Common Tern. The overnight moth trap yielded a Bright-line Brown-eye, one of the less regular species here.

 as well as the ubiquitous Silver Y

 and the familiar Angle Shades

The evening light and dramatic weather was a spectacular sight from the island.

Ringed: 3 Linnets, 1 Willow Warbler

 photos CJW

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