Thursday 20 May 2021

20th May 2021

 Weather: SE force 4, cloudy, then SSE 6 later in the morning with heavy rain.

 As a low pressure system moved across the country this morning a south easterly wind preceded it and 2 Greenland Wheatears were on Middle first thing. Three other Wheatears were on the main island but none were caught for ringing, indeed we have been very unlucky in that regard this spring. 

A single Willow Warbler arrived in the SK paddock before the rain started and was ringed,

 and the island Whitethroat which was still singing away also found it's way into the trap and it's weight etc. was monitored.

The west side of the paddock was sheltered and a single Lesser Redpoll turned up there before the heavy rain started.

A Swift also flew over just before the worst of the weather. Swifts are well known to often appear in such conditions. Four Eiders were here today, the normal pair of male and female and 2 other immature males which sat on the whaleback some way from the regulars.

We are used now to seeing several Little Egrets but the 12 today around the south of Middle island at high tide were an exceptional number. The bad news of the Pied Wagtails nest failure made it more poignant to see them out and still about.

Better news of the Rock Pipits was that one was seen carrying food. Waders were few, 24 Dunlin and mostly just singles of other species. Atrocious weather before noon made observers abandon ship and make their soggy way towards the mainland.

Ringed: 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Lesser Redpoll

photos JE, AS

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