Monday, 17 August 2009

Despite southerly winds and very little sea passage, a Great Skua was seen at relatively close range flying south past the hide. 16 Fulmars and a slow, although constant, procession of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were the only other noteworthy seabirds. A Green Sandpiper was present in the marshy lowlands, while seven apiece of Dunlin and Ringed Plover remained on the beach. Migrant passerines were in short supply, with two Sand Martins and 14 Ravens (much the highest count for quite some time) the best that were on offer.

A couple of nice moths were in the Cristin trap in the morning: a Gold Spot that appears to be new for the island, and a Sallow.

Gold Spot (c) Richard Else

Sallow (c) Richard Else

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