Sunday, August 31st, 2014
The day started with a north-westerly, whilst the wind had switched to a light south-easterly by dusk. A summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver flew north past the Headland on the seawatch, as did two Sooty Shearwaters, whilst a first-winter Mediterranean Gull headed south. Two Caspian Gulls were noted during the day; the darvic-ringed third-summer first seen on 17th August, re-appeared at Old Fall Flash. A new un-ringed fourth calendar-year was then present on a field near the Lighthouse this evening. In addition, the adult Yellow-legged Gull was again on the Golf Course this morning.
The flashes at Old Fall hosted the juvenile Little Stint, six Ringed Plover, three Golden Plover, four Dunlin, two Greenshank and two Snipe. The juvenile Greenshank remained at Thornwick Pool, as did single Snipe and Dunlin. One Grey Heron was at the same location, with two at North Marsh.
The Wryneck was relocated in Selwick’s Bay during the morning, whilst the Barred Warbler showed sporadically in the same area, along with a family party of Stonechats. A Whinchat and Reed Warbler were present at Thornwick Pool, whilst Willow Warblers were scattered around the Headland.