Saturday, 8 June 2013

8th June

What was presumably yesterday's female Red-backed Shrike was seen briefly at Holland House in the morning; other migrants today included a Swift, a Merlin, 20 more Bar-tailed Godwits which passed through and new Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat.   Also of note was a notable influx of Arctic Terns with at least 600 on the island today, with the larger numbers seen at sites where they have bred in the past - including 350 in Nouster Bay, hopefully this increase in numbers will encourage them to start to settle down to breed.

Hundreds of fledgling Starlings are now right across the island forming a large percentage of birds ringed this month although you can't help but groan when you check a mist-net to find it full of wriggling, squawking baby Starlings!

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