31st July

On a day where things didn't get going until past lunchtime the bird list grew quite rapidly, the garden and crop field were the only areas which received any coverage due to a bit of ringing, the first Willow Warbler to be trapped since spring was nice (I've got a bit of stick calling the end of July autumn) 10 Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler were noted also. The undoubted highlight on the sea was a Sub-adult Long-tailed Skua which flew east late afternoon, due to the fog the sea wasn't visible until around lunch again but westerly Balearic Shearwater passage continued and 24 had been seen by the evening. conversation popped up in the afternoon about what goes past when we're not looking, each 5 minute look at the sea in between net rounds later this afternoon seemed to produce a Balearic, with a flock of 4 at one stage, how many do we miss? I suppose it could drive you mad wondering! Other birds of note 12 Scoter, 7 Manx, and singles of Whimbrel, Curlew and Puffin. A Black-tailed Godwit was a Weston. Overnight moth immigration improved overnight with 5 Silver Y, 2 Dark sword Grass, 1 Xylostella and a Cream-bordered Green Pea and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was on the east cliff.




All Photos ©Joe Stockwell.