A foggy start at the observatory this morning with little avian activity, from Harry's Bench 10 Swifts and Peregrine. A superb Purple Cloud moth had been caught overnight at the Long Pits and was on show at the observatory.
On the reserve this morning 2 Avocets and a couple of Hobby's were noted.
Guillemot with a broken lower mandible
A watch from the fishing boats 14.05-14.35
Gannet: 17 down
Sandwich Tern: 12 down most carrying small fish
Common Tern: 5 feeding along the colour change
Guillemot: 3 around including the bird above.
The watch was cut short by a report of an Alpine Swift on the reserve at Hookers, I joined SG & MH at the viewing ramp but no sign of the Alpine Swift or who ever reported it. There were plenty of Common Swifts and 5+ Hobby's there. we moved over to the ARC where there were more Common Swifts and Hobby's, also 100+ House Martins and smaller numbers of Swallows.
Bordered White a first for the Plodland MV
Purple Cloud caught at the Long Pits