The Obs is closed for the week, not that it means we've got a week off as there is still plenty to catch up on and plenty to prepare for the autumn, but it does feel like a break in the seasons. Seabird monitoring dominated the work last week but when we are up and running again it will be the time of the migrants to come to the fore.
Waders are currently well represented with Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, three Ruff, three Sanderling, 18 Purple Sandpiper and a Golden Plover joining the regular species in the last couple of days.
Perhaps more exciting though is the appearance of a few passerine species, including the first returning warblers: two Sedge Warblers, a Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat arrived today to join the summering Chiffchaff. Other new arrivals included a Black Redstart and three Common Redpolls at the Obs, whilst a few Swift and House Martins have been seen around the island.