lørdag den 15. august 2015

Nets were up a little later than hoped this morning due to sleepy ringers, and luckily, heightened wind! We managed 3 and a half hours ringing in the morning before it was decided to take down and head to the tip!

Only 7 new birds

Gærdesanger (Lesser Whitethroat) 4
Kærsanger (Marsh Warbler) 1
Tornsanger (Whitethroat) 1
Munk (Blackcap) 1

All birds were juveniles. There were many recaptures from previous days, including a smart Thrush Nightingale and many lesser whitethroat.

Out on the tip the assembled masses (6 birders) struggled with fluctuating visibility and showers with few birds. Those that stayed around were rewarded with some nice views of an Arctic Skua in the afternoon and the latest stayers even managed a White-winged Black tern, a juvenile fishing just offshore.

My notebook reads:

Little Gull 19
Common Scoter 40
Sandwich tern 3 (Migrants)
Eider 87
Common tern 26
Teal 22
Velvet scoter 9
Wigeon 1
Shoveler 6
Swift 257
Arctic Skua 2
Golden Plover 6
Black Tern 1
Lesser Black-backed gull 1
Arctic tern 6
Mallard 1
Swallow 14
Black-throated diver 1
Common Gull 4
Great black-backed gull 2
Yellow-legged gull 1
White-winged black tern 1
Goosander 1
Whimbrel 5
Osprey 1

Resting were 2 Red kites, 4 Sparrowhawks, 5 Ruff, Greenshank, 6 Lapwing, 7 Turnstone a marsh harrier amongst the common locals.

In addition to these birds, early on there was a big passage of Tree Pipits and Wagtails, both Yellow and White.

Hopefully a better day for ringing in the morning.

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