Thursday, 20 August 2009

A wild and wet morning kept most observers indoors, and seawatching from the Obs window produced an Arctic Skua heading south at 0735. However, as most visitors and staff alike were finishing breakfast, the intrepid Ben appeared at the dining room window with reports of a yellowish Hippolais Warbler near the lighthouse. A smart exit from the obs was made by most and the bird, after being elusive and skulking for quite some time, gave itself up and was identified as a Melodious Warbler (the first of the year, following three Icterines in spring).
The bird was trapped ind ringed at about 7pm this evening. A Bonxie was also seen in the evening from the Obs.

Waders still continue to pass through: a Bar-tailed Godwit was new today. The ringing of waders by 'dazzling' them after dark over the past week has totalled: 11 Ringed Plovers (equalling the best annual total with the single bird trapped in spring), nine Dunlin, three Redshank, an Oystercatcher and a Mallard (not a wader in the true sense of the word).

Melodious Warbler

top and centre (c) Steve Stansfield

bottom (c) Ben Porter

Sanderling on Solfach (c) Steve Stansfield

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