4th July 2017

All nets opened at 0415 in almost calm conditions with the wind increasing slightly as the morning progressed. All nets closed at 1100.

A total of 27 new birds of 12 species including many young birds but also a couple more adult Härmsångare (Icterine Warbler), overall taking the total for the year over 3,000 new birds.

A spectacular gathering of Tornseglare (Common Swift) over the island early in the morning with an estimated 800+ birds feeding in two large groups, one over the lighthouse/village area and one north of Bredmar. Birds from both groups feeding very low over the Obs – not sure how they missed the nets, but they did!!

There will be just Chris & Kay at the Obs overnight.

Wind: North-west
Wind strength: Slight becoming moderate, 4-7 m/s
Temperature: 17
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud Cover: Prtly cloudy, 3-5/8
Precipitation: Dry


House Martin Hussvala 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 2
Blackbird Koltrast 1
Song Thrush Taltrast 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 2
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 3
Marsh Tit Entita 1
Blue Tit Blåmes 7
Great Tit Talgoxe 3
Chaffinch Bofink 1
Greenfinch Grönfink 2
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 3

of interest

Common Snipe Enkelbeckasin 1 Flying overhead
Common Greenshank Gluttsnäppa 3 Migrating SW – three single sightings
Common Sandpiper Drillsnäppa 1 In Bredmar
Parasitic Skua Kustlabb 2 Flying west low over the Obs.
Common Swift Tornseglare 800+ Feding over the island
Eurasian Wryneck Göktyta 1 Calling, Bredmar