20th July 2018

Nets opened at 0415 and closed at 1145 with 24 new birds of 15 species including the first autumn Wood Warbler (Grönsångare), a 1cy bird. The best bird however was a Grey Wagtail (Forsärla) another 1cy bird and the first ever trapped at the Observatory.

A guided talk was given to 3 adults and 2 youngsters from 1130 until 1230, with a film crew arriving towards the end of it. Unfortunately they had to head north for 1300hrs and did not return, despite having undertaken to do so. After 1600, a couple of phone calls unanswered and a few hours wasted we gave up. Seems they left the island at 1400 and failed to let us know!!

With no rain on the island for a month and none forecast could we make a couple of requests to readers of the diary. Firstly, those of you visiting the island – please do not discard your used cigarettes on the ground, not even the road. Everywhere is so dry it will just take one mistake and the results could be a disaster!!! Today we have found 8 discarded cigarette ends!!!

Secondly, if you can, please find a way of putting water out for the birds – they need it to bathe (getting rid of parasites in the feathers) and to drink. It only needs to be shallow water, not deep, and with sloping sides so birds can walk in and out. They will appreciate it greatly and reward you with easy bird-watching and hours of enjoyment – THANK YOU, on behalf of the birds!!!

There will be two at the Obs overnight: Chris & Kay.

Wind: North-west
Strength: Light, 3-4 m/s
Temperature: 25
Visibility: Good, 10-20km
Cloud cover: Almost clear, 1-2/8
Precipitation: Dry


Grey Wagtail Forsärla 1
White Wagtail Sädesärla 1
Robin Rödhake 1
Icterine Warbler Härmsångare 1
Lesser Whitethroat Ärtsångare 2
Whitethroat Törnsångare 1
Blackcap Svarthätta 2
Wood Warbler Grönsångare 1
Willow Warbler Lövsångare 3
Red-backed Shrike Törnskata 1
Tree Sparrow Pilfink 4
Greenfinch Grönfink 1
Goldfinch Steglits 1
Linnet Hämpling 1
Yellowhammer Gulsparv 3