Friday, 18th August: A really nasty shock after recent days - drizzly and windy, though not as wet as predicted by mid-morning at least...
Gannet - 15E
Common Scoter - 9E, 2W
Sandwich Tern - 2E
Mediterranean Gull - 2E
Wheatear - 1ob
Willow Warbler - 4 gardens
Additional to the above, there were 4 Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin, an Avocet, 60 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common Tern, a Wheatear, a Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, 7 Whitethroats, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, a Sedge Warbler and 3 Reed Warblers on a walk from the North Wall to Halsey's farm (C&JM)
North Wall: There was no sign of the Aquatic Warbler around Owl Point (or anywhere else!) this morning, and generally it was quiet for warblers, with just a couple each of Sedge, Reed and Willow Warblers, plus Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat encountered in the whole area. There were two or three Wheatears along the wall, though, and 500+ Sand Martins, with a few Swallows among them, feeding over the harbour all morning.
This evening (1700-1930) a walk produced 45 species, the highlights being a Water Rail (juv), an eclipse Shoveler, a Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Redstarts (along the east hedgerow 'Cow field' below Honer Cottage), 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Spotted Redshanks, a Common sandpiper, a Kingfisher, 3 Wheatears along the path, several Whinchats and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls on mud near the sluice gates (KJ et al)
Church Norton: Three Tufted Ducks flew along the beach and there were 30+ Mediterranean Gulls in the area. A single Common Tern flew over the island and nearby was a Common Sandpiper. (SH)