August 24th

Finally back in the saddle at the Obs, we had a super morning ringing with lots of migrant birds probably moving ahead of tonight’s weather front.  106 birds were processed with good numbers of Willow Warblers (48) still dominating the return that this morning consisted of 18 species. We ringed our first couple of Spotted flycatchers of the Autumn along with another Pied Flycatcher. We are not seeing any numbers of the more common warblers yet but they shouldnt be far off now. There are no visiting birders on island at present but several are booked in to stay at the Obs during the Autumn assisting with the first ever constantly monitored reverse migration here.

There was 1 ringed Plover and 1 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel and 1 Sandwich Tern at high tide in Longis bay this morning, and 1 Yellow Wagtail on Longis reserve.

I understand the juvenile Black Stork was last seen on 19th August.

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