The day started off fairly quiet and an early morning visit from the ITV “country wise” to do a piece on the ringing activities at the observatory.
They spent most of the morning filming the ringer’s activities and talking to various birders at the Obs. The “Prof” being the star of the show with Martin overseeing and Joe Stockwell being filmed "birding".
Anyway back to what matters, the day started slow with 3 Yellow Wagtail over, a Short-eared Owl hunting the crown fields before flying up island, a small fall of Willow Warbler and Blackcap, a few Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler, a Sedge Warbler, a couple of Common Whitethroat, a Whinchat and a Goldcrest, also around 20 Wheatear.
A movement of Swallow started around 11:00 with 250+ over the next few hours and a few House Martin arriving with them.
The sea was very quiet today with 2 Great Northern Diver and 3 Whimbrel being the best of the bunch.
2 butterfly species today: Peacock and Green-veined White.
Prof being interviewed
A drone being used for overhead filming
A star is born (Joe Stockwell being filmed)
Short-eared Owl disappearing in the distance.
Above and below courtesy Loren