Monday, 14 December 2015

The weather on both Sunday and Monday was dominated by moderate south-easterly winds and persistent drizzly rain, making for rather dull conditions. Two Little Gulls - one adult and one first winter - were seen off the Narrows in the afternoon of the 13th, amongst a small feeding flock of Kittiwakes. Waders sheltering around the rocky coast at high tide included the Whimbrel, 13 Purple Sandpipers and 16 Redshanks. Thrush numbers were up on previous days, with a good gathering of 13 Song Thrushes, three Redwings and seven Blackbirds in the lowland areas. The 14th saw fewer passerines making themselves known, although the gull feeding flocks around the coast increased to 145 Kittiwakes, four Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Common Gulls, 85 Black-headed Gulls and 90 Herring Gulls.

the portable Heligoland trap is back up on Solfach, in attempt to trap and ring some of the 50-or-so Rock Pipits that are present around the Narrows at the moment. Each bird is fitted with three colour rings: two on the left tarsus and one above the BTO ring on the left tarsus Be sure to report any sightings of colour ringed birds to the BTO, as it would be a valuable insight into their movements

Purple Sandpiper


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