Saturday, 21 May 2022

21st May 2022

 Weather: SW force 3     backing SSW then S during the day

A relatively quiet day but Greenland Wheatears have been regular visitors on their way north this last week or so, today 4 were feeding along west side and popping up on some of the fences.

The breeding birds are very active, Blackbirds, Rock Pipits etc are keeping pace with the Linnets, Wrens and Swallows.

 Amongst the shore feeders there were 12 Little Egrets plus a single Grey Heron.

A single female Red-breasted Merganser was more of a surprise.

 A hundred Common Terns on view outnumbered Sandwich by about 10 to 1. The waders included one Whimbrel, 60 Knot, also 100 Dunlin and 25 Ringed Plover around the island.



The drake Eider was joined briefly by an immature male as it rested on the rocks.

 The Short-tailed field voles are normally just seen whizzing through the undergrowth, so a chance to study an individual in the open is a rare sight

 Photos AEH

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