Weather:W force 4 with rain, then W3
Its a quiet time of year as far as migration goes but there’s always something to see on the island. The Thrift has now faded and died but the purple sheen of Rock Sea Lavender now provides the colour along with the yellow of Ladies Bedstraw.
Sea Spurrey is also beginning to flower and the olive green leaves make a nice contrast with the dry grass.
The Ragwort is full off tiger striped Cinnabar moth caterpillars and several of these crimson and black day flying moths were on the wing.
Another flower just beginning to emerge is the delicate blue Harebell and these can be seen in the Obs garden.
It was quiet on the sea today but there were a few Gannets milling around and the long staying female Eider with the damaged wing also put in an appearance.
The first returning Whimbrel and Redshank of the year were seen around the island and then roosted on Middle Eye over the high tide. Sandwich Tern numbers are increasing and there was at least one colour ringed bird but unfortunatelty they were to far away to read the code. Young Linnets are everywhere and four were ringed during the morning. Meadow Pipits seem to be having a good breeding season and there were a number of newly fledged young being attended to by adults.
The Swallows have fledged and spent quite a bit of the time on the sandstone cliffs of Niffy Bay.
Wrens also seem to be doing well but the single male Whitethroat still doesn’t appear to have a mate.
A single Woodpigeon spent some time on the ground in the canoe club garden before flying off towards the mainland. It appeared to have a damaged eye but was otherwise fit and healthy.
Ringed: 4 Linnet
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