Tuesday, 5 August 2014

In terms of weather, the 4th and 5th were very much a mixed couple of days. Very calm conditions on the 4th saw high temperatures and clear skies encouraging a light arrival of migrants on the island. In contrast, the 5th was a much breezier day, with torrential downpours in the morning giving rise to slightly more pleasant conditions in the afternoon.

On the 4th, a juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 22 Sandwich Terns were seen around The Narrows at high tide, whilst three Sand Martins and a Grey Wagtail flew overhead. Inland, a total of seven Whitethroats, 12 Sedge Warblers and 35 Willow Warblers comprised mostly of new migrants.
A small selection of waders gathered around The Narrows at high tide on the 5th, which included four Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, seven Whimbrels, three Common Sandpipers and 12 Turnstones.

Juvenile Wrens are virtually all over the island at the moment, with second broods having emerged in the last week or so. Daily counts have ranged between 30 and 60 for the last few days, although the real figure is probable well over 100 
After a fantastic breeding season on the island, Northern Wheatears are also all over the coast at the moment. Some of the fledglings are looking very smart after completing their post juvenile moult, and are now ready for their long journey to their wintering grounds 
Juvenile Oystercatchers
Twenty Plume Moth 
Mullein Wave 
Least Yellow Underwing

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