Wednesday, 22 August 2018

20th - 22nd August

Still calm on the 20th but with some increased cloud cover with the day’s highlight going to a brief but vocal Spotted Redshank on Brides.   Other birds included 8 Sooty Shearwaters and 9 Manx Shearwaters on a seawatch in the morning, the first autumnal migrant flock of 10 Wigeon, the Hen Harrier, Kestrel and 2 Merlins, a Black Redstart still and the 2 Fieldfares still hanging on in Gue Park.

                A nice, flat calm start to the 21st but the now SE wind rapidly built up to a blazing force 7 by the afternoon but there was again, little new to mention with the Nightingale appearing in a mist net at Holland once more.   Other bits of note comprised a Red-throated Diver, 3 Herons, now 15 Wigeon and the Hen Harrier, Kestrel, 2 Merlin and 7 Ruff still.

                A moderate westerly replaced the blasting south-easterly on the 22nd with the Spotted Redshank reappearing on Kirbest Myre and then Brides and (presumably) one of the same Roseate Terns popped up again just off Gue Park.   The Hen Harrier, Kestrel and Peregrine were seen again along with 4 Black-tailed Godwits.

Spotted Redshank                                   Simon Davies

Hen Harrier                                      Simon Davies

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