On Monday evening I had a look on the sea - lots of terns feeding now with Roseate Terns being particularly noticeable - given that there are at least 129 pairs on Coquet Island that makes perfect sense. From my vantage point in the dunes I can also look the other way and from there I saw three different barn owls successfully hunting for food for their growing broods, one or more probably two cuckoos in the dunes and a short-eared owl. The latter has been reported between the Pools and Chevington and is now keeping the 'toggers' happy. If felt autumnal - the gull roost on the beach is starting to pick up and I had my first Great Black-backs of the autumn.
On Wednesday morning I got up at 04.30 and set some nets up to ring. I had to get back for work by mid-morning so only put up four nets. The catch was mostly warblers - a mixture of adults and juveniles. I did catch a juvenile Coal Tit, Coal Tits are normally birds of autumn and winter here but I know that they have bred in the plantation this year. A good breeding record.
I caught 37 birds including retraps, warbler numbers were:
Blackcap - 2 Juvenile 4 adult
Whitethroat - 2 Juvenile
Willow Warbler - 3 adult
Chiffchaff - 2 juvenile
Reed Warbler - 4 adults (2 retraps)
Sedge Warbler - 4 adult, 1 juvenile
Grasshopper warbler - 1 juvenile
Cuckoos, short-eared owl and barn owls were still about.
Between net rounds I tried to photograph some digger wasps on the fence posts
|Digger wasp Crabro cribrarius - A male, you can make out the enlarged plates on the forelegs|
Manx Shearwater - 30, all north in groups of up to 10
Arctic Skua - one roaming around harrying terns
Whimbrel - 1 north
Curlew - 2 'in-off'
Common Scoter - a raft of about 750 birds off Chibburn Links
|Distant arctic skua|
Some macro shots from last night
|Small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)|
|Marmalade hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus|
|Hoverfly Eristalis pertinax on ragwort|
|Potato Mirid - Closterotomus norwegicus|
|Spiny Sheildbug - Picromerus bidens|
|Scorpionfly species - a female Panorpa sp.|