Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Farnes life (and weather) took a not all unexpected turn today with an extremely busy day for visitors dawning to think fog but soon clearing to glorious sunshine.
These sorts of conditions are brilliant for migrants who become grounded not realising the mainland is only 1.5 miles away! They will travel north and hit low visibility and become disorientated and therefore seeking the nearest land. Things like low cloud or rain etc produce the same effect.

Today’s promising conditions didn’t however come to fruition with 7 Wheatear and drake Shoveler south the passage highlights – perhaps the fog was too thick! The very high tides saw 2 Grey Plover, 1 Dunlin and 1 Knot turn up in wader roosts while it was the gull roost that hit gold. A 1st summer Med Gull was located along with a couple of Arctic Terns topped off another awesome day.

Other recent bits include a steady trickle of Wheatear plus some hirundine love. While the breeders continue to settle and number of Eider nests are on the up.

Mothwise a Flame Carpet by day (a Carpet sp. Was seen the eve before – maybe this species) was new for the year and I’m unsure of it’s status but seems early for ‘up north’?

So much change is happening right now everyday has something new so I’ll see you when it happens!

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