Saturday, 19 August 2017

19th August 2017

Weather: W 5/6 vis 10 mls but reducing to 5mls out to sea.
Very little was about on the island but a single Wheatear was possibly yesterday evenings bird. 
The sea watching was good with a total of 7 Arctic Skua, 5 being seen together. 

Two Fulmar passed close in going west, as did the first Shag of autumn. Ten Great Crested Grebe and 7 Gannet were present, a constant movement of groups of Common Scoter were estimated at 400. Nine Kittiwake and 18 Manx Shearwater were mostly far out and to the West but a few were noted closer.
Terns numbered 35 Little, 200 Sandwich and 20 common.
A good sighting was 4 Harbour Porpoise close in, 2 came up close together with one appearing much smaller, so possibly a calf.
Photos AS

Friday, 18 August 2017

18th August 2017

Weather: WSW 4/5 vis good
A late evening visit saw 2 Little Egret in the gutter and 3 Shelduck fly over Middle. A Wheatear was on the North end and a brief sea watch produced 6 Gannet, 2 Manx Shearwater and 5 Great Crested Grebe.
About 100 Little Terns were feeding close in to the North end.
Sheltering from the wind below the hide were 18 Turnstone.
 Photos AS

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

16th August 2017

Weather: S force 2, later SE 4
The breeze in the south brought a Spotted Flycatcher, a Blackcap and 5 Willow Warblers in this morning
 A Collared Dove came through early, then flew off south.
A Wheatear was found down the west side late morning, obviously sheltering from the increased gusty wind. twnety Eight Swallows flew around, some of which would be feeding birds that bred on the island.
Eighteen Little Terns dived in the ebbing gutter north east of Little Eye.
A Peregrine was noted soon after dawn, a flock of 30 Knot flew across, also first 5 and then another 10 Shelduck flew by.
Later 180 Sandwich Terns and 10 Common Terns gathered on the east hoyle ,while 5 Little Egrets fed off the east side and 5 Grey Herons and 6 Whimbrel were noted as the tide approached.

Until noon only 3 butterflies were seen, a Painted Lady, a Red Admiral and a Small White.
A Barrel jellyfish (rhizostoma pulmo) was starnded near Little Eye,(phone case for size comparison)

Ringed: 3 Willow Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit       [ 434-32 ]
photos CJ,AS,AAB

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

15th August 2017

Two Wheatears were on the island and a Common Sandpiper was between the islands.
per Matt Thomas

14th August 2017

Weather: SSE 3/4  vis 5mls rain early

Despite the wind direction there were no new passerines on the island – or if there were, they were hiding from the rain. A dozen presumably ‘local’ Swallows were sheltering in Niffy bay, but later as the rain cleared, a flock of around 60 flew through heading south and ‘our’ birds appeared to join them.
There was little on the sea and tern numbers were down with 4 Little, 10 Common and 160 Sandwich noted.
Wader numbers were also low with 24 Curlew, 5 Whimbrel, 6 Redshank and 4 Turnstone about the island and 20 Dunlin seen on the way off. But to lift the day, 2 Greenshank were heard calling and later found in the Gutter as the tide came up, a typical time and place for this bird to appear.
During the morning, birds going up along the North shore drew attention to a large bird of prey off the shore heading NNE, probably a Marsh Harrier.
 photos AS

Sunday, 13 August 2017

13th August 2017

Weather: W force 2, sunny and warm, vis 30 miles
Two Wheatears arrived this morning but didn't seem interested in being ringed, one bird was still present in the evening.

A flock of 32 Linnets gathered over Middle Eye, meanwhile about a dozen Swallows fed over the island and were joined by 2 House Martins in the late afternoon. Two Kestrels dropped in at the north end but soon left independently towards North Wales.
Waders were scarce until the high tide when 5,500 Oystercatchers, 160 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plover were noted and 38 Redshank flew in on the ebb. Four Shelduck and a Little Egret also made the log.

Twenty Little Terns fed distantly by the west hoyle in the morning, and 500 Sandwich Terns were on the east hoyle after the tide

Best of the sea bird sightings were 6 Red-breasted Mergansers flying west passed the north end, also 16 Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebes..

Buff-tip caterpillars have invaded the birch tree in the old obs garden

Ringed: 1 Meadow Pipit          [ 429-32 ]
Photos CJ & AS

Thursday, 10 August 2017

10th August 2017

Weather: NNW 3 vis 30 mls

 With only a Willow Warbler and Wheatear new in today attention remained on waders and sea birds, with a good number of Little Terns again (45), this time feeding just off the North end after tide. There were 260 Sandwich Terns and 40 Common.
There was a good variety of waders with at least 10 Sanderling mixed in with the 200 Dunlin and 30 Ringed Plover.
 Two Grey Plover were heard and 75 Knot roosted on Middle with 3,000 Oystercatcher. Also present were small numbers of Whimbrel, Curlew and Redshank.
A brief sea watch saw 13 Common Scoter and 2 Great Crested Grebe. A Kestrel paid a very brief visit to the islands early morning.  
 photos AS