Tree Sparrow begin to move

26th July 2021 – sunny spells/calm then W2
The early morning check of the sea (0530-0630) revealed 490 Common Scoter, 80 Sandwich Tern, 29 Gannet, 16 Manx Searwater, 9 Little Tern, 7 Arctic Tern, 7 Shag and a Common Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Willow Warbler continue to drift south with 2 birds seen while the first Wheatear of the autumn was logged. At least one juvenile Cuckoo remains.
Diurnal Migration
The first 4 Tree Sparrow were on the move along with a further trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2400 Curlew, 1265 Oystercatcher, 835 Redshank, 340 Dunlin, 240 Sanderling, 137 Turnstone, 80 Golden Plover, 16 Whimbrel, 16 Greenshank and 4 Common Sandpiper.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap attracted 339 moths of 55 species overnight with White-lined Dart still the dominant species. Willow Beauty, V Pug, Small Rufous and Feathered Slender new for the year with the latter the first for the island.