Wednesday, 24 August 2016


A short watch this morning from by the sea watch hide saw no offshore movement. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was warming its self on the power station wall. 
A stroll around the desert saw of note 9 Common Whitethroats, 3 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 14 Yellow Wagtails,  42 Swallows and 4 Sand martins over, also a Marsh Harrier was hunting over the trapping area.
At the ARC of note 9 Golden Plover, a Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ringed Plovers and Common Sandpiper. In the bushes a Reed Warblers, Sedge Warblers and Cetti's Warblers.
A walk around the hay fields saw of note 20+ Yellow Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, a Great White Egret, 4 Little Egrets, 3 Green Sandpipers and 2 Bearded Tits. By hay field 3 a Diamond Dove flew up from a puddle it had been drinking from and posed on the fence. 
 Diamond Dove at hay field 3
 A party of 12 Balearic Shearwaters passing the fishing boats this afternoon (imagination required)
This afternoon I joined AJG at the fishing boats. After yesterdays 3 hours of nothing I certainly wasn't expecting to see Shearwaters this afternoon on flat calm sea.
14.10-16.15 many thanks to AJG for collating the numbers:
Common Scoter: 3E
Great-crested Grebe: 2 around
Balearic Shearwater: 14W (2 +12)
Cormorant: present
Ringed Plover: 1 over
Turnstone: 1 around
Dunlin: 23W
Sanderling: 18W
Arctic Skua: 2 around
Kittiwake: 1W
Black-headed Gull: present
Herring Gull: present
Lesser Black-backed Gull: present
Great Black-backed Gull: present
Black Tern: 2 present
Sandwich Tern: 133W
Common Tern: 14W
Swallow: 814S
Sand Martin: 27S
Grey Seal: 1
Harbour Porpoise: 6+
Clouded Yellow: 4 in

2 more Jersey Tigers today 1 in the trap and this one by the trap (28)
A washed out Gem


  1. Hi Martin do you put the Diamond Dove down as a escapee

  2. You should submit it. The Chinese pond heron was accepted!

    1. It been accepted by the OFC (old farts corner) in the visitor centre!