Sunday, 23 August 2009

Foul weather (strong wind and relentless rain) throughout the morning and most of the afternoon was enough to dissuade most people from venturing too far away from the observatory, although slightly brighter conditions in the evening did provide some opportunity to see what birds were around. The bird of the day was a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper – an addition to the island year-list – that appeared briefly on the west coast. A Storm Petrel was also seen fleetingly as it battled through the waves off the South End, and ten Sandwich Terns also passed by at sea. Landbirds were much the same as in previous days – a Spotted Flycatcher, nine Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and the Cuckoo. Waders feeding and roosting around the coast included 43 Turnstones, three Purple Sandpipers, seven Ringed Plovers, two Sanderlings and 14 Redshanks.

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