Sunday 29 May 2022

29th May 2022

Weather:  NE force 4, rain clearing to showers

A cool and wet start to the early morning but as the rain cleared and members ventured out the sound of a singing Lesser Whitethroat (the first this year) greeted them around the area of the bungalows.

 Although the bird was very mobile it continued to advertise itself in song and eventually showed well to the observers.

Following the bird around the island took up a good deal of the early morning period but in between while a female Eider was found at the north end (the regular male was not seen).

A wandering flock of 37 Canada Geese flew north up the east side of the island.

A pair of Shelduck stood on the rocks leading to the lifeboat station, where they would normally be when visitors are about.

  Three Greenalnd Wheatears landed during the morning period.....

 ..............and a Willow Warbler also turned up after the rain in the obs garden and continued to stay the day, also a single Swift flew east across the island, observers were expecting more in this typical Swift weather.

 A juvenile Song Thrush was ringed today.

Meanwhile  Rock Pipits continue to feed young, the prey species in this case may be recognised by those who have an interest in insects.

 Towards the middle of the afternoon a separate visit found not only that the Lesser Whitethroat was still present in song but was joined by the Willow Warbler and also a Common Whitethroat that was obviously newly arrived. Our insect speialist found a nice looking wasp beetle in the obs.

Waders had been very scarce before the tide (just Oystercatchers and 2 Turnstone), a few however showed after the ebb namely 29 Sanderling, 10 Dunlin and 12 Ringed Plover. The Willow Warbler brought the day to a lovely end by singing in the obs garden.

Photos GB, AEH, CJ

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