27th August 2014

A quieter day today with an often brisk easterly wind and (unfortunately) clear and sunny skies. A few skuas and 202 Teal (as well as other common ducks beginning to move) were the pick of the sea, while five Wheatears were in the top fields, two Whinchat were at the Tip, a Marsh Harrier overflew the same venue mid morning, 12 Whimbrel and single figures of Curlew, Ringed Plover and Golden Plover came in off, and a few Yellow Wagtails and Meadow Pipits were on the move. East Lea continues to attract and hold a good selection of waders, including six Greenshank, nine Ruff, four Dunlin and 2 Ringed Plover.

Marsh Harrier (Mark Pearson)

Marsh Harrier (Mark Pearson)

The ringers were busy in the Top Scrub this morning, with an impressive catch of 29 birds (retraps in brackets): Lesser Whitethroat 1, Common Whitethroat 4, Blackcap 2, Linnet 3, Swallow 1, Greenfinch 4, Dunnock 1 (1), Blue Tit 8, Wren 2 (2).

Lesser Whitethroat (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Lesser Whitethroat (Lucy Murgatroyd)

Late news from yesterday involves a report of a Cory’s Shearwater at 0700 (CW).

Swallow (Lucy Murgatroyd)IMG_62555