At least 20 Common and about the same number of Sandwich Terns were resting on Maer Rocks early this morning, giving me a fairly rare opportunity to get quite close.
It was an absolute joy to be out on the patch on a beautiful late summer morning. Nothing rare but plenty of stuff to keep me interested and nice to see good numbers of insects, encouraged out by the warmth. Birds seen included 20+ Common Tern, c30+ Sandwich Tern, 28 Manx Shearwater, 8 Common Scoter, 3 Tree Pipit, 1 juv Mediterranean Gull, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6+ Blackcap, 7+ Whitethroat, 1 Turnstone, 3+ Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3+ Wheatear, 1 fly-over Green Sandpiper, 4+ Chiffchaff, 1 Curlew, 2+ Sparrowhawk and 1 Spotted Flycatcher.
A quick look off Mudbank produced 1 Wigeon, 9 Whimbrel, 4 Common Tern, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 29 Mute Swan.
This juvenile Yellow Wagtail was on the beach by Maer Rocks.
A single Ringed Plover was also on Maer Rocks.
Juvenile and adult Common tern.
Sandwich and Common Tern.
Sedge Warbler - Dung Field.
Painted Lady - one of several butterfly species seen on Orcombe this morning, including Red Admiral, Wall Brown, Holly Blue, Common Blue and Small White.
Rosy Rustic - one of my favourite autumnal species. Also trapped last night - Mullein Wave, Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Purple Bar, Blood-vein, Dingy Footman, European Corn-borer, Rusty Dot Pearl, Rush Veneer, Silver Y, Jersey Tiger, Spectacle, Square-spot Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Brimstone, Riband Wave, Cloaked Minor, Common Carpet and a load of other stuff.
Grey Poplar Bell - Epinotia nisella