Weather: ESE force 1, SSE 2 by noon. bright early, clouding over mid-morning
The day started as so many this month with 4 skeins of Pink-footed Geese flying north, 450 in total. A single Wheatear on arrival at the island was the only one for some time, although 3 others appeared later. There was no fall of warblers, just 6 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs during the morning and little else but the breeding birds in the gardens. A Woodpigeon flew through and off to Middle and a Magpie arrived and stayed to pose and make as much noise as possible on the highest vantage points.
Thoughts of a possible passage of hirundines soon evaporated as just a single swallow came to visit today. Five White and 2 Pied Wagtails were around, 2 of the Whites were down at the north end. Finches were also sparse, 2 Goldfinches and a Siskin called over the island. A pair of Eider flew up the west side close in and then promply disappeared, although the drake was later seen diving between the islands with a female Goosander, bit of a mystery what happened to the female Eider. The Brent were all gathered together off the east side and there appear to be just 22 remaining now.
Ringed: 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Wren, 6 Linnets.
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