Sunday, 4 August 2019

Today the weather started with some overdue heavy rain much wanted by us and the observaroty to re-fill our well a little but not ideal for the guests first full day. The weather soon cleared up and from mid-day it was dry and warm.

The biggest change seen today was in the number of waders, at high tide solfach and the narrows held 25 Dunlin, seven of which were  juveniles, four Common Sandpipers, 12 Redshank, 36 Turnstone, two each of Ringed Plover and Purple Sandpiper and a single Sanderling. Also a notable increase in Rock Pipits with a whopping 36 on the narrows alone.

A few things were seen moving past the west coast including three Black-headed Gulls, six Sandwich Tern, a bird that is becoming regularly seen offshore now, and over the mountain two Kestrels were hunting and a Sparrowhawk moved through.

Grass emerald

Our first Ruby Tiger of the year

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