Tuesday, 29 July 2014

26th to 29th July

Plenty of sleepless nights with 3 consecutive sessions of Storm Petrel ringing between the 26th and 28th. Totals for the overnight trapping have been 71, 104 and 98 respectively with single Leach's Petrels also caught and ringed each time. Daytime highlights included a Hobby which flew south past the observatory on 29th and the Pacific Golden Plover seen again in fields at the south end on 28th. Counts of waders included 164 Oystercatchers, 193 Dunlins, 19 Knot and 97 Sanderlings on 27th, 6 Whimbrel on 28th and 11 Black-tailed Godwits on 29th. A Pink-footed Goose was new in on 27th, while a Pochard, 18 Lesser black-backed Gulls and 213 Common Gulls were of note on 29th.

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