Friday, 26 August 2022

26th August 2022

Weather: SE force 3   later ESE

The first Goldcrest of autumn was caught and ringed along with a couple of new Robins. A single Willow Warbler was the only arrival of a warbler, but 3 Wheatears visited today although one was already ringed so probably a stay over from yesterday. 

A Peregrine was around the islands most of the morning and a Merlin put in a brief appearance around the North End, then to make a birds of prey hat trick there was a strange call from the bushes in the obs garden that led to a Sparrowhawk being flushed. Fourteen Gannets were out to sea, unfortunately a single dead bird was found in the tide gauge, probably the one that acted in a sick manner yesterday, a dead seal was also there. A single Bar-tailed Godwit was on the north shore and another single was a Whimbrel which was spotted on the west side.

 There were 188 Curlew about the islands.

Oystercatchers are building up in numbers now, 4,800 counted today, also 25 Redshank and 26 Turnstone.

The small group of Cormorant that roosted the tide on the whaleback included 2 colour ringed birds. 

  Photos AS

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