Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Today some rain came in during the morning, but by mid day it had long gone and the sun was out giving hot conditions with a cool breeze from the south.

It was a fairly slow day in terms of migration on the island. The guided walk was well attended with the highlight being the number of Autumn Lady's-tresses that are now appearing in all areas of short grass around the island. These Orchids don't look like the stereotypical orchids of the Dactylorhiza family, they have small flowers formed in a spiral around the stem with a tangle of small leaves protecting each flower. The scientific name Spiranthes spiralis comes from the Greek, 'speira' meaning spiral and 'anthos' meaning flower.

On the bird front not much was new, the withys held nine Willow Warblers along with a couple more at the observatory. Four Robins were of note also as well as some waders that included a single Common Sandpiper, Sanderling and Ringed Plover, 29 Turnstones and six Redshank. A short Seawatch at mid-day did produce the highlight when a brute of a Pomarine Skua powered south through the south westerly wind. 

Autumn Lady's-tresses

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