Friday 25 August 2017

Friday 25th August

A cold and foggy morning hampered birding and little was seen, nine Mediterranean Gull noted.  The highlight was a Sandwich Tern in front of the hide that was ringed at Lady's Island, Co. Wexford in 1993, so 24 years old ! (the British record is 30 years, 9 months old; BTO). It was also seen here in Aug last year.

By contract, a warm, humid and sunny evening was more favourable and on the rising tide at dusk selected counts were 1495 Oystercatcher, 279 Redshank, 27 Mute Swan, 22 Great Black-backed Gull, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Greenshank, two Knot, two Sanderling, and along the railway embankment, a Common Sandpiper

Feeding along the leeward side of the dune ridge, 23 Swallow, two Swift, a Sand Martin,  A party of 12 House Martin foraged over the saltmarsh corner at dusk.  A finch fell prey of a Sparrowhawk that buzzed a flock in Greenland Lake that contained 25+ Goldfinch, many Linnet and a Greenfinch.  A Wheatear was also seen.  

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