Thursday, 12 September 2019

Today was the worst day of the week weather wise. There was low cloud all day, rain at various intervals and a strong wind from the south west that kept any new arrivals to the island, both by air and boat, off the cards.

The Issabelline Wheatear was still around the Narrows, braving the weather with a handful of Northern Wheatears.

Also around the Narrows waders numbers had dropped in the most part with 46 Turnstones, six Redshanks, five Whimbrel, three Dunlin, a single Purple Sandpiper and seven Ringed Plovers.

Passerines around the shrubbed areas were hard to come by but counts included eight Chaffinch, 12 Goldcrests, five Willow Warblers, four Chiffchaffs, a single Blackcap, nine Robins, 14 Rock Pipits, 30 Meadow Pipits and a good count of 155 Swallows mostly heading north onto the peninsular.

Juvenile Ringed Plover

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