Continued NW winds into 13th August. Ringing was at Mannez and Longis reserve both venues very quiet with few migrants though we did catch 6 Stonechats on Longis Common. Making good the ringing room in the afternoon I came across something new,  a fly similar in size of a Bumble bee ! If anyone knows what this is please let us know.


With the 14th a change in the wind direction overnight from NW to N then NE this morning. Another light sprinkling of migrants around Essex Farm followed. These included a cracking Wood Warbler (photo below) and 2 more Garden Warblers. Ringing at Mannez quarry this morning where 14 birds processed included Whitethroat, Blackcap, Reed and Sedge Warblers. There was also a Juvenile Marsh Harrier spotted over the lighthouse this afternoon.

Paul Veron completed a sea watch this morning  at Mannez Lighthouse, reporting:-

71 Balearic Shearwater,01 Manx Shearwater,3 Common Scoter (our 1st for year),3 Med Gull,Commic Tern 3,Grey Heron  1,Whimbrel  3, Common Sandpiper  2,Fulmar  1,Sandwich term  2


Juvenile Wood Warbler – Essex Farm


More seawatch returns from Paul Veron as follows:

9th August

Fulmar 3
Manx Shearwater 187 255
Balearic Shearwater 93 205
Mediterranean Gull 6 1
Great Skua 2
Totals: 752 individuals, 5 species, 2:00 hours

4th Augsut

Fulmar 1
Manx Shearwater 52 30
Balearic Shearwater 31 24
Mediterranean Gull 7 1
Common Tern 34 2
Totals: 182 individuals, 5 species, 1:00 hours