Saturday, 2 September 2017


Sandwich Terns on Maer Rocks
On Orcombe this morning, between 0615 and 0800, there was a noticeable increase in Meadow Pipit movement. At least 80 pushed west in small parties, no bigger than 10 birds strong. Also recorded were 34 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Grey Wagtail, 11+ Chiffchaff, 4+ Willow Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 4+ Blackcap, 3+ Tree Pipit, 1 Sedge Warbler, c10+ Swallow, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Whinchat.
Martin trapped this August Thorn yesterday and kindly let me photograph it. It's only the second one I've seen. Its markings are similar to September Thorn but it rests with its wings much further apart, which renders it rather distinctive.

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