It was so quiet around the Observatory this morning that I reckon I actually heard the proverbial pin drop. A Redstart was seen in the trapping area and just eight Yellow Wagtails and a Grey Wagtail flew over.
In the afternoon there was another passage of mainly terns including 46 Blacks and 962 Sandwichs. A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also flew west and the previously seen juvenile Caspian Gull was noted again at the boats..
Elsewhere, the Red-necked Phalarope was showing again on ARC and the Cattle Egret was showing in the fields with cattle at Boulderwall Farm. Three Wood Sandpipers were showing in the flooded fields at Dengemarsh and three Little Stints were at ARC.
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