Due to the state of the vegetation along the mineral line I was able to approach quite close and get a good look and although I am prepared to be proven wrong, I am reasonably convinced that it was the more aloof of the Stubbers birds that Pete Newman and I scoped, on Tuesday? The broken supercillium looked very similar and Ray informed me yesterday that the Stubbers birds appeared to have moved on?
|Not today's bird but a 2015 specimen on the Marsh - Photo Kev Clements|
Perhaps the most striking indication though was the silence. The last few breeding gulls are still on the island but that incessant row from the breeding colony has now been silenced for another year.
Still a few Swift going through but the majority of the village birds appear to have gone so it looks like we are set to go for an Autumn migration whenever you want. The water level on the swag is the lowest it has been since the late nineties so as good a chance as you will get to see our elusive Water Rails, just sit quietly in the evening or early morning and watch the bottom of the vegetation for movement. Who knows, you might find a Spotted Crake as they are August/September migrants and they have occurred on site several times?
Right, that's it, job done and feet-up for a cuppa. - Have a nice weekend all - Chaz