The skies have it!

26th August 2011 –bright and sunny NE1
A check over the sea on the rising tide revealed a feeding flock of 70 Sandwich Tern and 20 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
After a couple of virtually blank days a few more grounded birds were in evidence with 8 Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, 6 Robin, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Wheatear and single Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff logged.
Diurnal Migration
The first large movement of the autumn produced 1400 Swallow, 80 Sand Martin, 40 Linnet, 28 Tree Sparrow, 23 Grey Wagtail, 12 House Martin, 6 Pied Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Swift and a Tree Pipit.
Two Little Egret were seen and raptors involved 5 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk and single Merlin, Peregrine and Little Owl.
A micro photographed a couple of days ago has been identified as Pyrausta despicata – the first island record, while Canary-shouldered Thorn was new for the year.
A few Wall Brown are now on the wing and a Painted Lady was seen.
Pyrausta despicata.