Wednesday, 3 June 2009

A very quiet day for birds saw some un-forecast changes in the weather: a sunny and calm morning was interrupted by the sudden arrival of thick mist, which was then supplanted by strongly gusting winds from the north-east. Few new migrants were noted: a Spotted Flycatcher and two Blackcaps were the best of the passerines, while waders included one apiece of Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Whimbrel.

An afternoon excursion was made around the east side of the mountain to ring some young Peregrine Falcons and to continue the Manx Shearwater census. A short visit to check on the seabirds revealed a European Storm Petrel calling from amongst boulders in the Razorbill colony.

Just a single Red-veined Darter remained at the lighthouse.


3 June 2009 (c) Steve Stansfield

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